Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting: Today's Cartoon

I don't know about you, but with the way the American mainstream media seems to operate nowadays, I'm not so sure that extensive coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage by the same people who brought us the Anna Nicole Smith saga, is a very wise decision.

You see, my concern is that because of its increasing shift in priorities, major "news" organizations seem to be having a difficult time deciphering between "information" and "entertainment", as they appear to spend more time going after ratings than chasing down leads. It is for this reason that I believe that school shootings should not be reported on by major news organizations, out of concern that their coverage may in effect create copycat scenarios; especially when the news is being sensationalized, in order to attract the greatest number of viewer or readers.

To be honest, I really don't see a need for the press to dwell upon this tragedy any longer than absolutely necessary. The media has a responsibility to the public to keep it informed of important current events, not to exploit the news in order to achieve a temporary spike in the ratings. The way I see it, by treating school shootings in the same manner that it treats celebrity custody battles (within a celebrity-obsessed culture), the American "infotainment" industry is literally playing with a loaded weapon and needs to exhibit extreme caution when dealing with such a serious issue.

*Update* Sadly, it appears that my initial concerns about the media's coverage have proven to be quite valid.

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3 Comments:

Blogger MikeFitz said...

When will our American friends learn? By making guns so easy to purchase, they guarantee that events like this will occur regularly.

3:33 PM  
Blogger surfing said...

We need to take time to love on those that are not at the top of the social chain. We may never truly know the motive behind such horrific actions that the killer uses to justify his or her means. However when the downtrodden and socially uncool are are excepted I believe a major motive is removed.
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3:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

While I agree with both of your comments, I also believe that the media is a major contributing factor to the increased frequency and ferocity of these school shootings in recent years, by turning gunmen into a "celebrities" through its extensive coverage.

Honestly, what purpose does such attention serve, other than to inspire individuals who identify with these killers to go out and do the exact same thing?

7:19 PM  

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