Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Local news reports often place dirty laundry entertainment ahead of informing the public. It’s all about ratings, clicks or selling papers or magazines.  There’s a combination profit-power motive. That’s partly the fault of the public, and partly the fault of people who have sold out to a competitive rumor-mongering system (the latter do that to stay in business, which is our fault because we fail to boycott sensational reporting). It’s also partly the fault of people outside the “news community” who release or fabricate information to … Continue reading Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

Private Trauma Made Public

The link at the end of this post goes to a discreet report on something which shouldn’t have been made public in the first place. It’s shared here as an example of a common-but-ethically-dubious human interest story.  Depending on who was driving the car pulled over by police, the child may be in a disastrous family situation.  The public sees something sweet, but the baby may be aware of a lot more.  And none of it is any of our business. Not every report of this type is discreet.  Sometimes names are made public, and the photographs and video can … Continue reading Private Trauma Made Public