Last week, with the news of the horrific shooting in Connecticut, I went through a string of emotions.
At first, I was horrified and saddened for the families and children of those who were affected. Next, I had a weird recognition of the fact that I am getting used to hearing about mass school shootings. And then, after 2 days, I was sickened from the extent of news coverage. It seemed that where ever I was, there was a minute to minute coverage of every detail.
I started to feel my rage boil at the manipulative and bottom feeding nature of the news industry.
To me, there seems to be a profiteering from the news channels, using any drama that they feel the public is freaked out by. At the same time, I have to wonder, do other people think it’s sickening to have 24 hour coverage for days on something like this? Doesn’t it seem wrong on so many levels? It drives me crazy watching news casters acting like specialists who care, when really (it feels like to me) they are sensationalizing for ratings.
I was talking about it with my boyfriend and he said it’s hard to know what comes first, “the chicken or the egg”. Are people wanting this kind of coverage so the news delivers it, or, is the news delivering it and we accept it?
I can’t believe I’m the only one troubled by it. I also can’t believe that it can’t be changed in the future if enough people talk about it.