Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr 19, 2007
Am I the only one who feels this way?
on Apr 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm
It's true there is a "news orgy" surrounding the tragedy, but as to whether it's wasted ink, I'm not so sure. It depends on the news source's intentions. Are they earnest in searching for "the why" of the story - for the purposes of preventing catastrophes like this from happening again? Or are they jumping on the media bandwagon because they know America is hooked on clips of the massacre's aftermath?
In beating the issue into the ground, some good things do come. We've got campuses everywhere taking note to lock down, lock down, lock down if there are any reports of guns. We've got journalists digging up clues that could make college professors and students more sensitive to, or at least more cautious around the next quiet disturbed kid. And we've got editors writing columns on how it shouldn't be so easy to acquire a gun - especially with a history of mental illness. These things can bring positive change.
It's human nature to fixate on things out of the ordinary. Some might say that's why reporters like me and publishers like you are able to put food on the table. I just hope all the hoopla leads to something good.
on Apr 19, 2007 at 12:23 pm
The ability of media to feed over-exposure of criminal behavior has been a part of everything from 9/11 to the VT criminal acts. Such coverage leans toward the sensational rather than equally savage events. War, Cigarettes and Drugs kill more people each year than all sensationalized criminal acts including Littleton CO, 9/11, and VT. But those stories do not have immediate, sensational value to news entertainment such as Fox News, CNN and other FAUX news operations.
Sensational news entertainment has allowed the course of our culture and humanity to be altered. Such sensationalism breeds fear, revenge, prejudice, further violence and dogmatic, ignorant arrogance that is opposite to our culture and humanity. As such sensationalism finally and illegitimately elected George W. Bush President in 2004, we are now a nation conditioned to violence, openly prejudice, and far from our former humanity.
We need to quietly greive with the families of ALL the dead at VT and not seek "video game" news sensationalism in the media.
Excellent point, Thank YOU,
on Apr 19, 2007 at 2:47 pm
I don't think the shootings or the media circus at Virginia Tech is surprising. Frankly, the fatal events at Virginia echo the current tempestuous times, which are engulfed in a swamp of overindulgence, apathy, individualism and excessive materialism.
When one paints the Virginian events into a global picture with how government operates; with how people use religion, politics, economics and sexuality as excuses to divide themselves; with popular culture advocating: "I want and I feel, therefore, I must act;" with the decline of family structure and the increase of divorce rates, with the flagrant disrespect and arrogance expressed by many current youth; with the bellicose and belligerent conflicts in the Middle East, with the unbridled chaos that pummeled New Orleans; with oppression and suppression circumventing - whether subtle or blatant -in many nations, with the catastrophic tidal wave that swallowed thousands of lives in the Indian Ocean; one can see that the killings in Virginia are merely symptoms of world that is crumbling and decaying into oblivion.
Additionally, I think it's unfair to place responsibility or blame on school administrators for failing to catch the suspected shooter at Virginia Tech. One often cannot really predict human behavior due to its nebulous and erratic nature.
What I find interesting is how advanced technology is prevalent but how little attention or time is given to human development - or human interaction. Until the world in general learns to discover themselves in who they really are and meant to be and connect with each other in a unified and loving fashion, people hurting or destroying one another will continue to persist.
Just my one cent and half about this subject.