Taisha is a young girl who lives across the street from us. She and her mother moved in a few weeks ago. Before that she used to attend the school where Xy teaches in Algiers, though they didn’t know each other there.
Last Friday Taisha’s older brother was gunned down in Central City.
This incident merited four sentences in the next day’s paper. It always gets me to see murders reported so briefly. There’s something deeply wrong with our society, that such violence has become trivial.
That pic, in context, is heartbreaking.
“It always gets me to see murders reported so briefly. There’s something deeply wrong with our society, that such violence has become trivial.”
The real problem is that life is extinguished so trivially. The reporting of it will be equally trivial. Even worse, murderers feel not only justified but prideful of their acts. Boastful, even. Personal responsibility means nothing when one too highly esteems himself and demands unearned respect. Once one has crossed that threshold, pulling the trigger is easy. Thug life!
To extend on what Garvey said, that is part of the reason why so little was written in the paper. I believe the news media is trying to report as little as possible in certain situations. The ethics of murder is anything goes, but those are not the ethics of the media (except for ROX). It has been proven that certain mental profiles will actually commit murder more than once when they are “glorified” in the media.
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