Friday, June 14, 2013

The Upside-down Nature Of The News Media

The news these days is back to front... or upside-down... depending on how you want to look at it.  Either way, it's priorities are all wrong.

Someone does something really bad to other people, there's a hero or two in the story, and the media spends 5 minutes on the heroes whilst banging on for weeks about the perpetrator(s).

What does this accomplish?

It gives too much publicity and airtime to those who were seeking it in the first place.  Thus, bombers get their splinter group in the news, gang shooters get the infamy they wanted, and the attention and validation for the reason of the tragedy goes to the person behind it.  

What we should be doing is the opposite; Putting the media attention and validation on the heroes that the tragedies create for the majority of the time and less attention on those that caused the trouble in the first place.

It doesn't matter if you look at the air time given to the Boston Marathon Bombers compared to the heroes of that day, or Al Qaida compared to the heroes of 9/11 - every time, it's the perpetrators that get the bulk of the attention.

We need to turn the news upside down.  For everyone's benefit.