Death Before My Eyes

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Are tv news broadcasts bringing about a desensitization to sudden violent deaths?

Submitted: September 13, 2016

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Death Before My Eyes

 

After reading a post yesterday, ‘Inexcusable’ by Mike Stevens, I started thinking about all the televised violent deaths we have been subjected to seeing over the last few years. Not fictitious deaths, or staged deaths but genuine instances of people being violently killed.

 

There have been people shot on streets, on beaches, outside cafes, inside clubs. People have been blown apart by bombs. Hostage takers have been shot by SWAT teams while the cameras film away. And of course lets not forget the IS executions – the beheadings, people being tossed from high buildings. And these a normal everyday people, just like you or I.

 

I know it is all news. I know it needs reporting. And I know that much of the footage shown is from mobile phones of people who just happen to find themselves witnesses. I still do not want to be made a spectator to the moment of someone’s violent death. If someone wants in depth news coverage there is plenty on the internet where you can pick what you watch. But I’m talking about prime time media broadcasts being aired at 1pm and 6pm. Do we really want to become so desensitized to all the horror that is taking place?

 

What about children? Do we want them to become used to seeing things like this? And what about teenagers? And let’s not forget the effects this must have on family, friends and acquaintances of the victims themselves. They can be subjected to watching that moment of death time and time again.

 

When ‘The Hunger Games’ was first released there was a big outcry about the violent content, about the concept of setting teenagers against each other to kill or be killed for the sake of entertainment. If we carry on becoming so immune to the shock of violent death, that sort of future may not be so very far away. Or perhaps we’ll travel back in time to the more local and intimate fights to the death of the Roman arenas. Extra revenue and less population in one go!

 

I’m not an advocate of censorship. I am not saying that anything should be banned. But maybe prime time television news broadcasts are not the best place for such in depth photographic coverage of sudden violent deaths.


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