Monday Moaning: Breaking News!
News is something we all talk about, but the real question would be what we are discussing with each other? The updates in the news and on news stations are very limited and show pretty much one sided views to the point where even anger is induced to make the news at that very moment more interesting.
In that last case we had something that truly did happen. Where journalists kind of asked people to come over and the result being a riot.
The case is about a girl incidently inviting hundreds of people to her birthday party through facebook. It was a mistake and she devastated it happened. Many news stations reported it was a mistake and not her intention, this was mostly orchestrated by the towns major. As to hope it would stay quiet.
The real problem started the moment news reporters came to the town and found only a hand full of people who showed up. It is what they said on TV that caused more people to show up and get out of hand. “It is quiet here but that may be because we are still early.”
In the background you seen young people, teenagers mostly dance around and enjoying themselves. Nothing wrong but the moment more people started showing up it became a dangerous situation that quickly resulted in broken windows. “More people than expected have come to the party and it might just escalate if more people would come over.”
That kind of statement is a killer for whoever is listening and watching it is pretty much an invitations to those who enjoy wrecking stuff. And it is precisely what happened. A party became a true wrecking ball.
At the same time this is an example of how we want the news to be told and brought to us. In real time but is that, taking this last case in mind a good thing?
My thought is that the real time news is always causing escalation and give ideas to those watching. We all know the saying, ‘spread like wildfire’. Things is through the internet and our way of making news it only spreads faster and wider. An idea that is pretty much devastating in every scenario. If it were a true fire we would be scared shitless.
Now that it is only violence we just shrug and move on as if it is nothing. Yet at the very same time that item spreads like a decease.
This weeks incident is one of many cases to come for sure. Cologne where people and it is said by police that there were any refugees involved, were raping, stealing and assaulting women with large groups. This weekend it also happened in US and we have to wonder where else.
Case being that life images and it is something I truly find disgusting and makes the shooter of such videos just as guilty to the crime. Okay the video is life and goes around the world in seconds only showing how they are getting away with it. Showing how easy it is to mob people and all we do is copy though disgusted we look away and move on with our lives never even thinking more of it.
Reason to this might well be the other side of the news these days. It has to be bloodier than anything else. The first shot is worth more money than the life of which they are filming.
Our addiction to real time news is causing a shift what we find important.
Where there was a time being a journalist meant always being to late on the scene, just like the police or firefighters who are to help people. It was okay we heard afterwards what had happened and we were shocked. But very little was repeated or retold in our newspapers. It was always fresh and something new.
Than we started watching the news on TV. First it was only on a couple of channels now we have exclusive news stations and channels who bring you the same news the entire day. And with every tiny update every hour or so had become the new way of keeping up with what was happening. Daring to say that it is the cause that we went deaf and blind to news as it was always the same. It came to us faster and was dusted of our shoulders and left behind as something mentioned in the recent past.
When there is less news to be told or more important news, of what ever that may be that very day that the bosses find to be top items, over shadow the news items that might matter. News may well have become the ultimate tool to introduce fear or at least the means to shock people by showing real time images of bleeding people who just been in a bombing accident. We want to see them running for their lives dodging bullets. This is one side of the spectrum that is shown to us as everything else is the happy-go-lucky-feel-good-happiness TV.
It is fucked up though that people rather hold their camera in their faces to shoot violence rather than step up and prevent it from happening. And even worst might be the copy-cats that shoot their own crimes and violence.
Can we call it news when we see a video of a guy throwing a kids in front of train?
Is it news where we see someone begging for help while a camera is pointed at his face?
Should the news be something so close to reality that we may say it going to far but it had become the talk of the town and all that is remembered of the news.
It brings us back to the beginning of this rant. How do we talk about the news, or how do we discuss it.
Does it just end with a talk and chat without really doing something different, just because it to talk about with friends.
Yes I am disgusted by the people who film violence. Even more so if you know that there are more hands used to shoot the moment than there are hands helping the victims.
How do you watch the news? And what sticks with you? Do you discuss the news?
What should or how should news be brought?