Media representation of crimes during newscasts
Over the past... I would say two decades... the media has been increasingly reporting on topics that are crime centered. I remember watching the news and it was actual news. Now my local news is story after story of break ins, robberies, murders... I stopped watching!
There is an argument that this kind of broadcasting is what people are interested in so this is why you see it on the news so much. It's a ratings thing. Other people say it makes us more aware as a society and I can see that side too.
How do you feel about watching the news? Too much bad and not enough good? Essential for awareness? Turn the channel to Bubble Guppies?
For TV? I'm sure there's something similar there. Nobody reports breaking news. They report what will keep them on the air. That's why the story about the mutt who saved a drowning kid will not make the news. But the story about *another* pit bull who attacked a kid will be on every station at 5, 6, and 10.
The internet has flubbed things too. Have you ever noticed how many untrue stories are posted as fact? It's TERRIFYING! Some girl was mad at her ex, blasted his picture all over facebook making it look official, like the cops were looking for him for rape, child molestation and animal abuse. It wasn't true... you can't take those things back.. can you imagine?
It's times like these that I'm happy to live in a small town.
YES, it's kind of scary actually because some people will never research things on their own. They might not have that natural skepticism that makes them look into something a little bit more.