The Explosions & The Media

Just heard on TV that there is a discussion going on about what should the TV stations air when there is an explosion. They are arguing that graphic content should not be aired. What do you think? Should the cameramen film everything they say no matter how grotesque the scene might be and the TV station should air it ? Or not?

I personally don't mind seeing those scenes BUT what I do think about is that do the families of the burning victims fighting for their lives what do see that live on TV? Or even later? .... I personally would not want to see anyone of my family members (may God forbid) in such a state.

Now what gets to me is that we are even discussing how we should act the next time there will be an explosion as if it's become a regular event that mirrors our culture.


At Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:33:00 PM, Blogger Ramzi said...

Hmmm... good point you've brought up.
Thinking about it rationally, I think that the graphic images should be reserved for the evening news, with a cautionary warning before the footage. This seems to be the policy of international news channels. I can't get the image of the burning nurse clambering out of an SUV the day Hariri was assassinated out of my head. It must have been a hundred-fold more traumatic to his loved ones.

But on the other hand, there is a certain morbid need for us to see the carnage. And perhaps the violent nature of the images makes the true impact of these events more palpable. Is it our 'right' to know?

At Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:52:00 AM, Blogger Rampurple said...

The burning nurse's fiance saw it live on tv.....

It is a hard topic to discuss.... i remember a few years ago, during the palestenian intifada, a man and his son got killed live on the air... the mother/wife saw it happen on tv. she was devastated.

It is a hard topic to discuss...

At Sunday, July 17, 2005 10:36:00 AM, Blogger a h m a d said...

Yes, I think "it is a hard topic to discuss;" on the other hand, what good is technology if it can't bring us the real image of what's going on?

When showing real bombings; I think there must be a warning put on the side of the screen stating that "discretion is advised" the same way they do when they show horror movies!

At Sunday, July 17, 2005 4:19:00 PM, Blogger Rampurple said...

i think most people understand when there is live footage of an explosion then you should expect to see the worst time of scenes... BUT what about family members of the victims?

At Monday, July 25, 2005 2:35:00 AM, Blogger raf* said...

too many "gruesome details" will desensitize (yes, that's a word) the viewer(s). after a while viewerw will get used to the images and they will no longer effect strong emotional reactions.

because of this t.v. stations are always looking for MORE shocking pics/vids since what was shocking last week will not get anyone to turn their heads towards the t.v. today...

for that reason alone t.v. should limit its coverage and only show it when absolutely necessary.

you can get the horror that is war best across with words, anyway. at least until we all have 3D sets with sourround sound & SMELL.

as long as it's about infotainment - fuck it.

in the hariri hit it would've been enough to show a couple of stills from the wrecks & the buildings.

put all the other pics/vids on the stations website.


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