Friday, August 28, 2015
Of Course, Show The Video, It's News
The big debate among news directors: show the Virginia killings video or not? Easy call here. You show it. It's NEWS!
It's always puzzled me why we censor videos like this? Would we have not shown the images in Guyana? What about the Vietnam War? Auschwitz? So now we're not going to show Virginia? It's too violent and disturbing. Really now, any more violent than parents taking their kids to the movies to see exploding heads, blood and guts, your standard retail carnage, but that's OK? Please.
Let me get this straight. We're not going to show the video but we have no problem with our kids playing violent video games. We're going to sanitize our own social being because suddenly we're worried about the kids seeing three people getting shot by some lunatic on live TV? Please.
Let's face it. We're a violent society to begin with. America, land of guns and butter. I'm not preaching about gun control now so don't start a debate here but overall, it seems to me we're a bit hypocritical. We deal with violence every day in this country in one form or the other. Therefore I find it rather odd that we're going to censor some video that was on the Internet already and was probably watched my millions of people. Including your teenage kids too.
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