Context & Motivation

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Uncategorized



On the Original Kings of Comedy Bernie Mac stated , “I don’t believe shit til’ shit happens.” Regardless of the fact that he had no knowledge of the born degree, his statement showed and proved that the idea of not taking things on face value is not unique to 120. It shouldn’t be. I draw it up to be a fundamental principle of common sense. One of the primary ciphers in which information must be examined is language. With the terrific speed at which information is transmitted nowadays, the loss of any detail in translation can mean the difference between an accurate report and a rumor gone viral. Context is basically the way a word or phrase is used to express a given idea, and the underlying meaning. Interpretation is the method by which it is understood. It tends to be highly subjective based on the variety of factors that are likely to impact the way the interpreter sees the information.

Consider the example of Lawerence Taylor. He’s a retired hall of fame linebacker, and arguably the greatest defensive player in the history of the National Football League. He’s also a convicted felon and level one sex offender. Do the knowledge. In May of last year, he was arrested after authorities detained a pimp named Rasheid Davis and a knowledge equality year old prostitute, who alleged that she was beaten and forced to go to Taylor’s Now Why hotel room and have sex with him. He  took a plea deal, in order to avoid jailtime, whereby he would get a few years of probation and be categorized as a sex offender. His attorney went to court yesterday, on his behalf, for a hearing to determine what level sex offender he would be labeled as. At level one, a person is deemed to be “low risk” and they don’t have to be listed in the online database. At level two (medium risk) & level three (high risk) they do. The judge was faced with opposing sides, that represented different perspectives and corresponding motives. The prosecutor, who happened to be
a woman, asserted that he should be higher than level one based on the fact that the pimp (Davis), was convicted of human trafficking in the case so, in her judgement, this would lend credence to the notion that Taylor is more of a threat to society if he would participate in such a crime. The fact is, Taylor wasn’t charged with that specific crime so Davis’ conviction bore no relevance. The judge acknowledged this and remarked accordingly. On the opposite end of the square, the defense attorney’s angle was that Taylor was the victim of a scheme to defraud him and, as such, should be viewed in a less threatening light. The judge stated that he could hardly keep a straight face while hearing the perpetrator painted as a victim. Consequently, he shot that shit down with the quickness.

So let’s consider some of the variables which may have contributed to each sides motivation. Money is obviously equally influential for both parties as they each are responsible with representing their clients’ interests. That having been established, there are more peripheral factors which we can examine. There’s a good chance that the prosecutor was hell bent on getting the most harsh label possible imposed upon Taylor for other reasons. First of all, as a woman, she’s more prone to be empathetic toward the victim, who was also a female, based off of natural inclination. Couple that with the fact that he’s married and she’s now fighting to punish a man who has transgressed against two wisdoms with whom she can identify. The defense attorney, is more likely to identify with his client because he’s a man. Although he may not condone infidelity or the solicitation of a prostitute’s services, he understands both. He’s therefore much more likely to draw it up as if LT was just a poor guy tryin’ to get laid.

It turns out that level one was the label that the judge decided on. Regardless, Taylor is a savage who cheated on his wife with an under age hooker and got a slap on the wrist. Within this analysis of his trial we see a shining example of how a painted picture isn’t always what it appears to be on the surface.



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