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Originally posted by AccessDenied
I'm not advocating that we need to close our eyes and make all the bad in the world go away. I'm not that unrealistic.
Yes, Iam aware that the news is spun for our entertaining pleasure (sarcasm).
We need to stop being conditioned to accept more gore and misery as "NORMAL".
One significant factor in determining how the media use images of death is the proximity of the event. "If something is geographically distant and psychologically distant as well - [with] no close emotional ties to the area - then the home media is a lot more likely to use graphic images
Coverage of the Madrid bombing last year bears that out. The US media were much more explicit in depictions than the Europeans were, she says. "British papers and TV, for example, were just about as reticent as the American media had been in 9/11," she says. "In other words, they really didn't show body parts."
In a reverse case, coverage of the twin towers' collapse often got more stark play outside the US. Most Americans identified with the people in those towers, explains Jim Naureckas, editor of Extra, a journal of media criticism put out by FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting). They didn't need to see more than discreet images of death to understand the carnage, he says. "If you were in another country where people who live in New York might be an abstraction, then seeing the actual person jumping out the window might have brought you closer to the event."
People who are the most "hooked" on tabloids and graphic TV - and they call it "being informed", the poor saps -