[ExI] [wta-talk] LA Times: Unlimited space for untold sorrow
natasha at natasha.cc
Wed Feb 6 14:43:18 UTC 2008
At 09:44 PM 2/5/2008, PJ Manney wrote:
>On Feb 5, 2008 7:11 PM, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
> > Your analysis of this is backward. The news reports the extreme and
> > unexpected, not the mundane reality. That is the nature of news
> > reporting. Everyone knows hispanics and blacks are victims of homicide
> > every day in Los Angeles -- that is the mundane reality. The whole
> > "good-looking, young, blond, white chick" fixation of the news is
> > precisely because it is relatively unusual, as supported by the very
> > statistics you posted.
> > Of course, some of it is selective reporting. They never seem to
> > develop an obsessive fixation on the ugly white girls.
>This is my point, exactly, but you misunderstand how news works on the
>psyche. It is not reality. It is spectacle. But it is also a fear
>mongering tactic to garner ratings. When do ratings spike? When
>people are afraid and watch the news to see if they will be all right.
> If they can make you believe that pretty white blonde girls get
>killed willy nilly, then you (assuming you are white yourselves) will
>look under your bed at night, afraid of the bogeyman. That creates a
>feedback loop of viewership. "Any more news about that pretty white
>girl? Did they catch the guy? Am I or my family next?"
This is evident with the death of Natalee Ann Holloway on Aruba.
>Also, no advertiser wants to pay for news about poor black or brown
>people. They don't buy the advertisers' products. Advertisers want
>news (and if it bleeds, it leads) about white, potentially prosperous
>people, who watch the news for stories about themselves. And
>advertisers run the networks and the press. Not the other way around.
True, but from another perspective, I see the opposite. My father
was an advertising executive in Manhattan. As a child to adult, I
experienced the insides of the advertising business. What I see
today is that many advertisers are focusing on gangster rap, South
Central vernacular, and Hispanic style. Advertisers are paying
attention to who is buying the most high-selling products: food,
Trucks, mags, and cheap Jewry and cloths. As these communities grow
in influence and population, the advertisers are right there watching.
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