Monday, June 18, 2012

So Hey, Here's A Thing That's Both Stupid and Unnecessary

Gawker, a website we genuinely enjoy, though seldom look to for actual journamalism, has taken a look at the US press coverage of Mexico and decided that the press has been conspiring to play down the whole drug-war thingy:
in many cases, these shocking stories (which would doubtless receive saturation coverage in any major American city) fall by the wayside, a victim of the dangers of life in the Mexican war zone.
Did you know about this - the drug-war thingy, we mean? Neither did we! Fortunately, there's a solution:
So we bring you a new series called "Mexican Drug Blood," written by Miguel Angel Rodriguez Vazquez, editor of El Nuevo Alarma!, who will file frequent updates on one of the deadliest unseen wars. His first entry will drop today and the photos are graphic, so you've been warned. 
Now, see, that's just the balance we need!  El Nueva Alarma!, for our North o' the Border readers, is the newspaper equivalent of Faces of Death, but without the redeeming social value.  (Seriously, click this link at your peril.)  In case you thought the whole drug-war thingy was being covered up and the murder porn was being censored, Gawker's got your back.

So Rodriguez's first entry did, in fact, drop today.  The information is... well, pedestrian.  Apparently there's an election going on.  And 60,000 dead people are kinda sorta an election-year issue.  Also, a guy got killed.  You'll never look at Mexico the same way again, will you?

As for the murder porn - El Nueva Alarma!'s stock in trade - well, "you've been warned" that "the photos are graphic"...


We're not sure what those piles of little boxes are, but we think the car is some kind of Nissan.

We're really don't know which is more offensive -- serving up the same old drug-war porn while being all superior and self-congratulatory about it, or actually not serving it up, while also being all superior and self-congratulatory about it. Pornographers, at least, tend to deliver the goods.  Otherwise, we call them carnival barkers.

7 comments:

ElleCancun said...

Hot of the presses I guess... Gasp, I wonder if people will stop coming to Mexico!

Dave said...

Okay, so I clicked the link. After coming off of Bowden's Murder City, I think I'm inured to this stuff by now. But really! All those exclamation points! How can anyone see them and not be affected!

Yeah, pedestrian is the word.

Brick said...

Alarma has been specializing in ugliness forever. They used to feature photos of head-on bus collisions in the northern desert but have moved on to flashier material like the bronzed, decapitated head that graced the cover of one of their winter month mags. (It was at the newsstand by my bus stop.)

Mexfiles said...

My favorite ALARMA! cover was the granny drowned in the privy. Gawker used to be semi-reputable, but after this....

Crazy Rita said...

If I were a guy, I would be more interested in Zenia, who is beautiful inside and out, Lisandra, who is looking for a sincere friendship, Mailyn, who is looking for love, Neilan, who is looking for friendship from anywhere, or Ivioska, who is single without children and is some sort of licensed physical trainer.

Anonymous said...

Alarma is a great place to meet mexican women !!!!!!!!!!!!!

It deserves many exclamation points !!!!!!!!!!


http://alarma.mx/nota/Rincón_Cubano/700-Lisandra

Brick said...

Crazy Rita. I will let you respond to the eligble singles in the Alarma and please let us know how that works out for you. Leave a next of kin contact with your friends in case things work out like you'd expect from dating someone advertising in Alarma.