SENSATIONALISM ON THE MEDIA

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Category: News & Society
Published on Friday, 17 April 2015 18:37
Written by Begoña García
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Image result for plane crash alpsI have to admit that the plane crash in The French Alps, on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, wrenched my soul as a huge painful catastrophe. Even though the planes are the most secure means of transport, when an accident such as this takes place, where there isn't a single survivor, nobody can avoid a feeling of dizziness and dread.

However, this article has nothing to do with the disaster but with the way the general public and private media have been dealing with this kind of information. In a few hours, several groups of journalists were moved to various places related with the accident, in order to broadcast the following programmes from the very scene of the incident. Not only did they want to share every single detail on time, but also to embellish them with heartrending images.

And, in these circumstances, I can’t help reckoning that there are several ilks of dead people. For our social media, and for our society in general, 3 dead people a day in road accidents (meaning more than 1100 casualties in a year) is very common and it’s taking usual. Therefore, they will only devote ten seconds in a quick revision of the latest news, just as a statistical number. On the same vein, perhaps the news about Boko Haram: “Nigerian soldiers discovered at least 70 dead, many with throats slit and one beheaded”, will have twenty glorious seconds in the main news bulletin. Thus, I can’t help thinking that, among human beings, it takes all sorts.

To sum up, if you want to enjoy a glamorous death on the media, let me give you some advice: you will have to choose the company (better with dozens of people rather than alone), the place (better in a strange and dangerous situation but within the European borders), the way (much better in a harrowing way rather than from a strange disease) and do not forget the date, avoid colliding with any other sort of remarkable event.

All of this might seem a joke of bad taste but it is the harsh reality that we face on a daily basis. Sensationalism please, to catch my eye.