I agree that some outlets have gone too far in showing what they’re showing. but I have to disagree on a couple of things:
- Michael Brown was news. Showing the video was important.
- It’s too convenient to say the media does everything for ratings. There are many of us that work really hard to provide an accurate, honest, and factual accounting of our world. We don’t do it for ratings and we certainly don’t do it because of either the money we make (which is surprising modest for most reporters) or the prestige we get (there isn’t any anymore).
People criticize the media when they edit and make journalistic decisions that don’t agree with their point of view. Would you rather we (the journalists) make the decision for you, or you have the opportunity to view the material yourself and make up your own mind?
For what it’s worth, it wasn’t showing the images on the news that gave it the viral distribution… it was social media and people that shared, commented, and perpetuated the distributiom.
Having said that, I respect your opinion and think you made some valid point and gave us all something to think about. Thanks for writing.