The argument that we have been desensitized to violence is a tricky one. Most people these days don’t have a problem watching extreme violence in television or film when they know that the violence is make believe. However once we move into real life, images of violence and gore take on a whole new meaning because we are dealing with actual human lives that have been lost. Any sane person is at a minimum disturbed when they see a photograph of a deceased human being who has been brutally murdered. Same thing applies naked “dead” women in a movie; it’s still OK to enjoy looking at their boobies because you know it’s just an actress pretending to be dead. She’s still very much alive and very much naked; so that’s a win- win for everyone. However if you look at pics of nude autopsy photos, you’re a total necro-perv!
CNN Facebook Murder Coverage
By now you have probably heard about the Florida man Derek Medina who murdered his wife and posted an image of her dead body to Facebook confessing to the crime, saying,
"Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news."
The news media was swift to condemn the posting of the image which quickly went viral on the internet. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for example explained how horrifying it was that the murdered woman’s image was posted to Facebook while showing the picture in question for almost a full minute of air time.
That’s like when the E! Channel or TMZ runs a story shaming paparazzi for harassing celebrities, while managing to be completely unaware that they themselves are the reason paparazzi exits! Call me old fashioned but if you’re going to be a hypocrite at least try and be a little more subtle about it. You didn’t see Walter Cronkite lambasting people for watching the JFK assassination footage while simultaneously running the Zapruder film on the 5 O’clock news. That’s why I like to keep my death pictures nice and fake. Throw in some Saw movies and let’s get our torture on! Tony Soprano killing a wise guy on HBO? Sweet! James Gandolfini death pics? Nope. So come on news media! Don’t tell us we are desensitized to death and violence when you are the ones pushing the real death and violence on us! We can tell the difference, can you? To recap:
Showing Trayvon Martin’s body.
Showing Boston Marathon bombing victims.
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