I have to say that I am humbled by the efforts of many fellow bloggers to help and I am writing to ask that you take this opportunity to do a bit of surfing and see who is doing what and ask you to please help out too. I would usually post links for my readers but my health is not 100% so could you please check it out for yourselves??
I have debated with myself about writing this post but as I feel strongly about the issue I thought I would. I in no way mean to disrespect what is happening or anyone who is involved in such tragic circumstances.
I think I noticed it many years ago when my first born was still tiny and we received the shocking news that The Princess of Wales had been in a car accident in France, what came after that has shocked and saddened me as to what extent the media will go to to 'get a story'. Then came the wedding in Israel and footage on the television that should never have been made public. Next was September 11. Those images still haunt me and I have not watched the news on Television since.
Now with so much modern technology available to us I feel that the respect has been lost when reporting news. We are seeing visions on the television that would have previously been censored out of the media and deemed unsuitable to show to the general public. I have a friend who lost her husband in a car accident and then had to relive the experience thru pictures on the TV. When did we cross that line and do we have the right to?? Does that work both ways? Should we be showing all the wonderful news with out censorship as well? Did you ever see a baby being born on the TV?? Is this not wrong?? Do you think that our emotions are something that are private to us?? Should the whole world be allowed to see us at our most vulnerable. I think deep down that is what upsets me the most, the fact that the media are showing people at their most unprotected moments.
I work very hard to censor what my children see and hear in the media and it is a constant vigilant job too. That doesn't mean we are living under a mushroom and ignoring what is going on around us. I just don't think children are developed enough to deal with the basic language that the news is reported in or to deal with the images that are shown to us these days.
As I said before I am saddened and shocked that our communities seem to want this sort of information. Do you?? Am I one of the few who feels ashamed at the media's behaviour.
Yes I do want the information and to know what is going on but I don't want the sensationalism that goes with that...have we lost the ability to just report the news??
Ok rant over.
I am sending prayers for everyone today,