by Kenneth Justice
~ This morning on CNN friends of the North Carolina shooting victims were interviewed and I was moved to tears. These two young women only days ago woke up to find that their loved ones were dead; and now CNN is using them as “good footage” since they are really broken up over the deaths, and have barely begun the grieving process.
Is it too much for me to suggest we need a new policy in NEWS media; leave people alone who are grieving and hurting?
I suppose the counterargument is that these people could turn down the interview; but having grieved the deaths of loved ones before, I know from firsthand experience that you are often not thinking entirely straight in the midst of tragedy.
The NEWS Media is capitalizing off of the tears of the hurting. The NEWS media is capitalizing off of death and tragedy. In my mind it is tragic what the NEWS does; don’t they have any scruples? Don’t these talking head NEWS people realize that when you lose someone you need time to grieve and work through the emotions that you are feeling?
I’m tired of people telling me ‘There’s nothing we can do to change any of these problems in our culture” and ‘There isn’t anything we can do to change the NEWS”
REALLY???? There’s nothing we can do? I beg to differ; we have already begun doing it! You see, as more people have turned to blogs and Internet NEWS sites it caused Newspapers and Television News to see massive drops in audience. Bloggers, Online writers and journalists have put pressure on professional journalism to speak to what people really want to hear.
Now the question is whether or not the common person will join the revolution in the New Media. You see, we sit at the precipice of the most fascinating moment in NEWS and journalism. Instead of having to depend upon billionaires to control the NEWS, you and I live in an era where WE can share what is happening in our backyards and towns.
Through LIVE streaming video we can share live NEWS reports from Toronto, London, Los Angeles, or wherever! Through Twitter, and blogs, and Websites, we can share up-to-the minute NEWS and information.
However, as Benjamin Franklin said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately” . We need to connect with each other instead of living disconnectedly.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
Categories: Culture & Society