Friday, February 20, 2009

You've made the news. Bummer.

On meeting with my chiropractor I heard about the chimp attack in Connecticut and raced home to read more online about the incident (it's pretty sad that as a journalism major I need to hear about these things from my Chiropractor). My heart goes out to the woman who was attacked, and I'll tell you why. In my disgusting fascination with the story and the extent of the woman's injuries, my mind wanted more. I wanted to see pictures of something. Of the dead chimp, of the bloody driveway, but worst of all, of the woman's mangled face. On review of this revolting impulse I realized that the poor woman will not only never be the same again, but people want to enjoy her misfortune and listen to the sound of the chimp ripping her face off in the background of the 911 call.
So many people strive to make the front page of the paper by doing something radical or great. Others do nothing and have cameras all over them. The worst is the people who are trying to recover from some traumatic experience and have their sorrow broadcast to the world.
Just goes to show that no news really can be good news.

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