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Old 04-16-2013, 07:30 PM
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I am extremely uneasy about censorship, and I think that it is the media's responsibility to release the photos and videos that they have. It can be done in such a way as to not slap people in the face, such as posting them on news websites rather than TV, including warnings, and blocking out people's faces if appropriate. Being graphic and disturbing are not good reasons to not make images public, particularly considering the impact this event will have on the US going forward. I understand that the victims do lose some privacy, but like it or not this was not a private tragedy, it was a very public one.
But to post them before families could even be notified? No that is not censorship, that is just common decency.

Same with the photos they are postig, it just seems like common decency to not post a photo of someone who is possibly deceased or a photo of a man with his legs missing, it shouldn't be a matter of censorship, it should be respect for those who are suffering from injuries, loss of limbs, loss of lfe of a loved one, post traumatic stress, etc. i think the photo of the blood stained street or the immediate photos of veryone swarming the victims with blood everywhere convey the severity pretty well. It's not even about privacy for me but howing some sort of empathy for the victims and how hard this will be for them to overcome while these photos are plastered everywhere
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:37 PM
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While I agree those photos are not appropriate for the general public I am MORE bothered by doctoring photos for the public. Talk about blurring the line. The guy, in the wheelchair, with the blanket on his lap? There is an identical shot on another news site without the blanket and while the shot is upsettingly gruesome it really makes me uncomfortable that they doctored the photo without a clear admission such as an old school blur or big black censor bar.
I agree, I do not like doctoring or withholding photos from the public either jut to keep from offending people? This was a horrible act! & it need to be shown just how horrible it is!

Though I do think the faces of the people they showed should have been blurred out.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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But to post them before families could even be notified? No that is not censorship, that is just common decency.
I understand that, but that is the nature of the world we live in. We have a 24 hour news cycle, and a lot of competition in the media in both traditional media and bloggers. It was the finish line of one of the biggest marathons in the country and I'm sure nearly every person there had a camera of some kind and could post the pics to the web almost immediately. I think it's unrealistic with an event as public as this in the technology and the media age that we live in to expect anything but what we got.

Yes, it would have been ideal for families to be notified before images were posted but I'm just not sure how that would have been accomplished with 582818364 people with cameras, smart phones, and media already in attendance for the race.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:46 PM
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I understand that, but that is the nature of the world we live in. We have a 24 hour news cycle, and a lot of competition in the media in both traditional media and bloggers. It was the finish line of one of the biggest marathons in the country and I'm sure nearly every person there had a camera of some kind and could post the pics to the web almost immediately. I think it's unrealistic with an event as public as this in the technology and the media age that we live in to expect anything but what we got.

Yes, it would have been ideal for families to be notified before images were posted but I'm just not sure how that would have been accomplished with 582818364 people with cameras, smart phones, and media already in attendance for the race.
Also agreed.
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I understand that, but that is the nature of the world we live in. We have a 24 hour news cycle, and a lot of competition in the media in both traditional media and bloggers. It was the finish line of one of the biggest marathons in the country and I'm sure nearly every person there had a camera of some kind and could post the pics to the web almost immediately. I think it's unrealistic with an event as public as this in the technology and the media age that we live in to expect anything but what we got.

Yes, it would have been ideal for families to be notified before images were posted but I'm just not sure how that would have been accomplished with 582818364 people with cameras, smart phones, and media already in attendance for the race.
How sad it is that we live in a time with so little common sense and common decency that the news stations feel they have to post the most graphic photo they can get so someone doesn't get the jump on them. It's sick that people are even standing around taking a photo of a man in serious distress missing his legs instead of doing what they can to help

People are just a photo op now.

Not censorship but I feel there are just things people don't have to see to get the point. They are exploiting the victims IMO.
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How sad it is that we live in a time with so little common sense and common decency that the news stations feel they have to post the most graphic photo they can get so someone doesn't get the jump on them. It's sick that people are even standing around taking a photo of a man in serious distress missing his legs instead of doing what they can to help

People are just a photo op now.

Not censorship but I feel there are just things people don't have to see to get the point. They are exploiting the victims IMO.
Agreed with all this. It's about sensationalism more than anything else... just a photo op indeed. =<
I also don't agree that we have to be shown graphic images to know how horrible it is. Should we have to watch a woman be raped to know rape is horrible? I certainly don't need to. I know it's horrible.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 PM
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Agreed with all this. It's about sensationalism more than anything else... just a photo op indeed. =<
I also don't agree that we have to be shown graphic images to know how horrible it is. Should we have to watch a woman be raped to know rape is horrible? I certainly don't need to. I know it's horrible.
Amen, sister. Sensationalism, indeed!
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How sad it is that we live in a time with so little common sense and common decency that the news stations feel they have to post the most graphic photo they can get so someone doesn't get the jump on them. It's sick that people are even standing around taking a photo of a man in serious distress missing his legs instead of doing what they can to help
That was something I was thinking about. I drag my camera around with me all the time so I was trying to figure out what I thought I would have done if I had been there. My final conclusion was that I probably would have dropped the camera on the ground. I can't imagine standing there while someone is bleeding and hurt and taking a photo.

On the other hand, they are looking at photos and videos as evidence now. So maybe it would have been helpful to take video. I dunno.
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I have no problem at all with the photos being taken, it is what is done with them that is upsetting.
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Agreed. Should we have to watch a woman be raped to know rape is horrible? I certainly don't need to. I know it's horrible.
Should we have to? Goodness no....but are there many who DONT get how tragic rape is...that maybe would if they actually experienced it? You bet. (Please note, I am NOT in any way suggesting this should actually happen!!!)

IMO, people are naturally curious and gawkers. Many of us are going to look, going to be intrigued. For some it does help. I do agree the lines get pushed and sometimes crossed, but honestly, I dont know, I dont think its ok to block or censor it either (with the exception of blurring faces, that I think is a good idea in some situations)

I also dont like the idea that people who are taking pics or videos are somehow wrong for not helping. For some (journalist/cameraman) its their job and what comes naturally...for others I am sure they were in various states of shock and the camera helped distance themselves. Everyone likes to think they are one of the helpers but in the heat of the moment, its just not as natural or easy for many. No one knows how they would actually react until they experience it. Also, for all we know they may have turned the cameras off and the next second been making a tourniquet or picking someone up etc
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