In our current world of technology, being up to the minute and beyond has become most people’s greatest priority. Separation from their electronic devices causes withdrawal and overwhelming anxiety. Taking video of everything has become an obsession. We now watch people being shot and killed live; people losing their homes and families during a hurricane, earthquake, or wild fire live; people dying, live (excuse the contradiction). What does it say about us as a society if all we crave are “live” as its happening “news?” It is really necessary to live stream horrific, tragic, and heinous events as they happen? It is really necessary to show these events over and over again, 24/7? Does it benefit anyone to do this? Have we become so depraved as a society that we can’t leave the survivors alone for a minute? That we can’t leave loved ones alone for a minute? That each new event is repeated over and over again until the next one?
It seems that ratings and the bottom line are above all else, especially humanity. Both reporters and citizens can’t stop themselves from crossing the line of basic human dignity. At one time and what seems a million years ago, reporters used discretion and didn’t “report” news until there was fact-checked news to report. They didn’t aimlessly and prolifically mumble on and on in a nonsensical manner about what might have happened, what could have been, who might be involved etc. There was a time when people gave thought to what they said before saying it. They also gave people in terrible physical or emotional pain privacy and time to process what they had just gone through. Yes, we need to know what is happening in the world but not necessarily the moment it occurs. Speculation is not helpful and only adds to the confusion and drama of a situation beyond comprehension. I believe we’ve had so many of these events that the outpouring of help, community, and compassion is becoming more and more hollow.
Has anyone stopped to think about what watching these events over and over and over is doing to our very being? Perhaps we should think about it. I can’t believe this constant barrage of horrifying events doesn’t have an effect. Why can’t a producer put their foot down and say they will not telecast anything without verification? Why can’t a producer stand their ground and not keep re-televising the horror? Why can’t a producer have the courage to show better judgement and not run news 24/7? If the world of news didn’t make a production out of absolutely everything, hyping and scaring the population, we might regain some amount of our humanity (and to clarify, I am referring to just plain old news, not the events mentioned above). It seems “breaking news” never stops. Well, I think the news world is broken. People are mainlining their e-devices straight into their veins. People are no longer “present” when they are present. Everything is seen through their devices making it seem remote and less real. How can one be “in the moment” and experience an experience, if everything is filtered through an e-device? Please, stop this world – I want to get off.