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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, August 10, 2007

Dying in the right way

I'm often amazed how the media chooses which deaths are worthy of coverage. Trapped miners are always good because there's the tension of uncertainty. The bridge collapse story was good for the media because they could market "it could happen to you."

But industrial accidents or drunk driving deaths.....?

It's all about the networks and their branding. It's about creating an emotional response in the viewer and then marketing that emotion into extended viewership.

The bodies of those poor people are just props.


  • It's all about ratings. News is just entertainment unless you are directly affected by it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:20 PM  

  • But I think it's telling that people dying is entertainment.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:51 PM  

  • I don't think the media moguls give a damn about people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 PM  

  • Nope, they don't.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:27 PM  

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