(Please note: The following post is not about Michael Jackson, per se. Frankly, I do not, nor did I ever give a flyin' fuck about Michael Jackson. My favorite Michael Jackson song? Don't have one. I think he was a child diddler. Yeah, those of you who think he wasn't, cool, you're allowed to hold your own belief, there's a cliche about it called; To each their own. I'm just sayin' I wouldn't have let him spend time without supervision- as in, my actual eyes on them at all times/Glock within easy access supervision, with my Godkids. I say when there's that much smoke there's either some fire or at least a burning ember, and that's not safe enough for me.)
I'm tick-y because that picture of him is not the crux of the story. Showing dead MJ does not clarify the story. (Wait...Did you think he was still alive and hangin' with Elvis at the Waffle House, until you saw that shot?) So it wasn't a picture to illuminate the facts of the story. It was a sensational shot that would garner viewership/hits/ratings. It wasn't shown to demonstrate the journalistic integrity of the story or anything like that. And while it does serve to satiate those with a passing wanderlust of all things dead celeb, is that a good enough reason to have to have his family see that picture splashed across the news, for the entertainment of strangers?
Admittedly, I might be a tad touchy about this.
A million years ago my college roommate was killed in a car crash during freshman year. Obviously, it was horrible for her family. It was a horrible experience for me and our friends/dorm mates, many of us learning our first lessons about death and dying, mourning and grief. As we woke up to the early morning call telling us the news, somehow a newspaper made it's way to our dorm hallway where we'd all congregated, the front page picture showing in great technicolor detail the crumpled remains of the car she had been riding in. I can remember immediately thinking that that newspaper would be sitting on the front porch of my roomies parents house waiting for them to try to wake up from an unimaginable nightmare only to discover in their stunned and sorrow filled state that painful picture. It struck me that the story was the crash and her death, the picture was included to be salacious.
Never again have I looked at some footage or picture shared by media showing some graphic detail of someones death in the same way.
When the news ought to beI-270 is closed someplace due to a crash, the news seems to want to show me the crinkled up car with a sheet over a window-- and not that I'm even offended by graphic or gory. ...Again, kid of a police officer and a police officer turned R.N. so it's not sumthin' I feel I have a wildly low stomach for, ya know? Movie/tv graphic, gory and explicit, I gotz nooooo problem with. Some of my favorite movies/tv shows are graphic. But those aren't someones family or friend. (Yes, actors have friends and family, you know what I fuckin' mean...) Can't ya just show me how bad traffic is backed up and tell me someone died without going the extra step of causing some family an extra dose of pain? You're the news. You're supposed to be good with words and descriptions.
I know the business of news is to sell advertising, to make money for the station or network. Actual transference and dissemination of news-y information is consequential. It's simply the product put out there to facilitate the ad dollars, sell the slots that people (advertisers) will buy, during the programs that bring viewers in. So I get that the media is essentially a whore selling her wares and the network is the fur hat sportin' pimp in this arrangement and we are the johns, but come on... Even a whore has standards and won't kiss ya. (<--info primarily gleaned from graphic and gory movies/tv programs) It doesn't seem like not causing undue pain to people when an image only serves to be titillating is too stringent of a standard.
Media: class up your whoring.
Stop bein' satisfied being a crack whore and strive for escort status. We, your johns deserve a better class of news whoring.