Sensationalism, Defined
September 2, 2005

It has become quite clear that the general understanding of I mean by "Sensationalist Media" is mis-interpreted. However, being that certain individuals have postured themselves to always be in direct disagreement with every word I will every write, this comes as no surprise.

So for the record, let me be direct: accusing the media of sensationalizing this disaster isn't suggesting that it's not as dramatic as its being portrayed. In all your getting, get an understanding. Or at least get a clue.

My working definition of the word "sensationalism" is best explained by Google's compilation of online definitions:

1. the use of verbal or graphic media to create striking or shocking impressions intended to excite interest or attention.

2. the theory or doctrine that all ideas derive solely from sensory experience.

subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"

My disgust is on several levels. It is in regard to the desensitization that comes at the cost of networks trying to get the highest ratings. It is inhumane. I'm sorry, but this is not an opportunity for you to get an Emmy in reporting. This is human life.

My disgust is also in regard to the number of Americans willing to subject themselves to repetitive images of human despair as a psychological means of feeling better about themselves. It truly is the highway bottle-nose effect and it speaks volumes to how far we have fallen from our Maker.

Posted by Ambra at September 2, 2005 2:22 PM in Current Events
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"This just in..." "A harrowing story..." "A Network exclusive..." "A tragedy of Epic proportions..." "Back to you in the studio, Ambra."

Putting a mic and camera on someone hurting instead of helping them out.

Sensationalism.

thank you.

What's this about dolphins on the highways?

Aw man, you missed your chance!
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