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Please retract your branding efforts regarding this terrible event.  Please don't treat the murder of five-year-old children as the launch of your movie franchise.  Remove the tailor-made graphics.  Turn off the somber music as you show the images of fright, grief, and despair.  There is no appropriate soundtrack.  Anything else is selling us something, and you cheapen the deaths of children by doing so.  Silence is required, O network news media.  Anything else is very sick.  We are sick that we have, for so long, allowed you to tell us about tragedy in such a callow manner.  Over time, we have permitted our natural grief to be exploitable, our fear to be kindled, our desire for reflection and restitution to be channeled into pre-programmed avenues of faux sobriety and helpless wonder.  

Please, decency.  Please, please, please.  We should not be willing to have our grief always tampered with, and the television news media should not forever be eager to exploit it.  Thank you for information, thank you for reporting, thank you for journalism.  These are the basic needs people have in relation to the service you provide, and when you do provide them, the service you render is invaluable.  And when you commodify tragedy, you desecrate our collective conscience, you damage our collective heart, and you prevent any real learning.

I am praying for the families tonight - though some psychological mechanism has kicked in and I am unable to even contemplate their grief for more than a few seconds - I don't even know what I would wish for them, in the darkest hour, so I am just praying for them.  Somehow, some way, some help come to them.  For my country, I would wish for a real conversation about our culture.  Our care for each other, or lack thereof.  The roots of violence.  Why we are killing our planet.  I would wish for an end to gun violence, period.  Just an end.  Fruitless star-wishing on the Gemenid meteor shower tonight - the biggest wish, to have these children and their teachers, their helpers, back alive; and everywhere, in Syria, Somalia, children, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, dreams, dignity, innocence, love, and life preserved - but, one small boon, though vastly improbable, would be a balm on this nation's soul: please stop selling us these children's deaths.  

Had to get this out of my system; reacting to some of the coverage on various stations.  Is it just me?

Mostly, though - endless love to all those at the epicenter of today's terrible events.  


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  •  Oh, I didn't want a tip jar. (2+ / 0-)

    But I don't know how to not have one, and now I really need to sleep instead of trying to figure it out.

  •  each station chooses the mood it wishes (2+ / 0-)
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    Panama Pete, accio

    to convey; each of us choose which TV station to watch (if any). There is no more "news", so all you're going to see anyhow are endless repeatings of the same footage and discussions. But if you tune in to a station, and don't like it, turn to another, or turn it off.

    •  But they all seem to choose the same mood.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....or rather, the mood is chosen for them by their corporate owners.  There is no "news," merely propaganda, practically all of it right wing.

      Turning off is the only sane option.  The only thing I've used my tee vee for over the past decade is to watch my rock DVDs.  Not only is my mind far less polluted but I also keep the money I'd pay for cable or a dish.

      See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

      by Panama Pete on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 05:01:33 AM PST

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      •  You've missed a lot of great TV though. (0+ / 0-)

        It's not like reading books or doing whatever else entertains you is any better or more enlightened than watching a program you'd enjoy.

        •  There's vey little great TV in America (0+ / 0-)

          And even at its best, tee vee is totally passive entertainment.  Books make you think much more than the boob tube and tee vee doesn't hold a candle to what I really like to do, practicing and playing guitar.

          Kill your tee vee!  I did and it's worked out fine for me.

          See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

          by Panama Pete on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:02:43 PM PST

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    •  I know there's no more "news", and I wish (0+ / 0-)

      there was - that's part of what I meant to convey.  I don't think it's appropriate for stations to package tragedy inside whatever "mood" they choose.  I happened to be watching yesterday during the period where every single station got a handle on what had happened, and turned from honest reporting (and the honest human reactions of their own reporters) to showmanship.  I muted the maudlin soundtrack they put on (whatever the quality of the music they use, the purpose to which they put it makes it maudlin, in my view), I changed the channel to find a station that wasn't going to do this stuff, but they all did.  Of course I can turn it off, and I did.  I wish that there was a way to be informed in that medium without participating in exploitation; and, although I obviously care about how the networks' approach makes me feel, what I care about most is that we think it's okay or normal to treat these events (and, by proxy, the people involved) without the fundamental respect that they deserve.  I don't think that fundamental respect would include branding, selling, hyping, packaging of any kind.  I recognize that it is our current reality, but I don't think it's right, normal or okay.  

  •  I'm disgusted when they interview the children (1+ / 0-)
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    Really now, did they have to ask the little children how it felt to see her friends and teachers murdered?

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