The media has very careful when showing the dead in whatever story they are covering…..they offer the warning but nothing you see is that offensive….so the question is….should the public actually see the dead?
Believe it or not this is an actual debate.
What do high-velocity rounds from an AR-15 do to a child’s body, and should the public see it? Last week’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has rekindled a debate about whether publishing graphic images might prompt more urgent, meaningful action. As the New York Timesreports, families and the media asked the same question after Sandy Hook, and the core ethical issue is almost as old as photography itself. The famous photo of “Whipped Peter” helped spur outrage over slavery in 1863, and Nick Ut’s 1972 photo “Napalm Girl” (above) altered perceptions of the Vietnam War, but both images also shocked the public at the time.
“It is true that shocking photos of suffering occasionally do make an imprint,” Bruce Shapiro of Columbia University told the Times, but it’s a tough ethical predicament because “you never really do know which is the photograph that is going to seem exploitative, and what image will … move the needle on the debate.” Jelani Cobb, a writer and incoming dean at Columbia’s School of Journalism, said, “For all the political utility [and] motivational usefulness in terms of getting people out into the street … I’m not at all certain that it [would be] ethical or right to display these images in this way.”
Not everyone is on the fence. According to Vanity Fair,former Seattle Times editor David Boardman tweeted: “It’s time—with permission of a surviving parent—to show what a slaughtered 7-year-old looks like. Maybe only then will we find the courage for more than thoughts and prayers.” NPR’s Nancy Barnes agreed, replying, “We cannot sanitize these killings.” Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox suggested on CNN that such images should at least be required viewing for lawmakers, saying, “If they’re going to make that choice and say that anybody should have access to those guns, then they should know the cost.”
I have mixed emotions about this….having seen the ugliness of what bullets do to bodies….it is gut-wrenching…..but in the final analysis…..
I say show it!
Maybe the images will give people more insight to what killed these people…..all the ugliness and obscenities.
The victims of gun shots seldom look like they do on your favorite cop show…..it is not neat and clean….
Soft soaping the public does nothing but make all the ugliness acceptable.
We want things to change then give the public a dose of reality that they have been denied.
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