…stupid people in the media.
Heard this morning on the radio regarding the shooting deaths of two women in my city:
“The two women were shot to death, execution-style”…
Redundancy is one thing I hate. The other is when the newspeople switch from past to present tense throughout the story. Grrrr!
“Last night there was a deadly shooting at a local grocery store…blah blah blah…The man walks in to the store with a gun, asks for the money in the register, and then shoots the cashier…”[etc etc in present tense again…WHY?]
Also. Does it seem that each tragedy in the world news kind of follows a certain ‘formula’ at least when being reported? The newspeople have these pat phrases like “devastation in Turkey” or “terror in Littleton” or “Taiwan tragedy” but they lose the essence of what is different and new and touching about each one in doing so.
This morning I realized just how jaded and hateful I’d become. Some girl on the radio was talking in her pretty little radio voice about the rescue of a 6-year-old boy from the rubble of an apartment building in Taiwan. For some reason the joy of it was taken from me by knowing that he was more of a symbol than a reality. Maybe people need to hear these touching stories. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe it’s the media’s way of counter-acting all the negative news they do announce. Maybe I’m just really tired and beyond making sense. Yeah.
So I’ll quit for now.