Saturday, December 15, 2012

Don't Feed the Frenzy

Once more, horrific news of a shooting has shocked the world, and once more the media is giving it saturation coverage, combing over all the sickening details and speculating over all the mysteries.

Don't get sucked in. Turn off the television. Turn off the radio. At least, change the channel to one that isn't featuring the story at that moment.

At the end of the day, we can't blame the media. We can only blame ourselves. If the public didn't want it, the media wouldn't dish it out. If the public decided that, once the basic facts have been reported, no public interest is served by a remorseless spotlight being shone on private grief, or by maximum publicity being given to a madman who then becomes a role model for other unbalanced individuals, then the media would soon come into line.

Don't watch. Don't read it. Don't listen to it. Don't play along.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. It's simply rubberneck entertainment with "something must be done" handwringing slipped in for justification. We don't have a TV, but radio is bad enough and we often switch off when tragedies are being milked.