Monday, September 19, 2011

If it Bleeds, It Leads

It may be only me, but I can't see the media's obsession with replaying the video of  last week's plane crash at the Reno air show over and over again. Oh, it's not an 'air show.' It's was an 'air race.' Big difference. How many Formula One 'races' went from start to finish without a crash? Sure a race car crash on a road track is less tragic then a plane crash into the ground but it's something that is gonna happen. The Reno plane crash stands out since people in the audience were killed but still why replay the video of it so often. The news hosts are usually talking about the latest developments in the same story, but the video footage is the same. Even military precision flying teams experience plane crashes. It's no secret that the vintage airplanes in air races are like 60-years-old it's a testament to the aerial skills of the pilots and the mechanical ability of the ground crew operating on a shoe string budget that there haven't been more disasters. The distinction is that the media never shows accident free air races.

4 comments:

Mokihana said...

I guess they keep playing it because people watch it. Call it morbid curiosity, or "I'm glad it wasn't me" sensationalism or whatever, people still watch. They'll keep showing over and over till the next tragedy happens, and then that one will get shown over and over again.

RONW said...

Mokihana- in with the new, out with the old. Sick minds, da people.

Brad Farless said...

I agree with Mokihana. People in general enjoy watching tragedies, as long as those tragedies don't affect them personally. People also pay more attention to things that generate an emotional reaction. The more sensational, bloody and gory the better. The media doesn't devote as much coverage to famine and people starving to death as they do to genocide, mass murder, or bombings. Why? Because slowly dying from hunger is boring and hunger is something that most Americans can't relate to anyway.

Kay said...

I was really feeling pretty disgusted with the constant replaying of that terrible crash too. I guess the problem really is those people who love to watch other people's agony.