Promotion Of Public Shaming To Sell Stories
As the emotions of the first few days of the Vancouver Riots have slowly died down, it is no wonder that people coming forth to turn themselves in has also slowed down. The media was so happy to jump on the wagon in splattering the faces of Nathan Kotylak, Cammille Cacnio, Jason Li (just his picture and what school he goes to), and the latest Robert Snelgrove. While doing so they also placed them into the public eye much more forcefully than any public shaming online had ever done.
So where has the media’s appetite for including themselves in publicly outing people gone? Surely they must know that they aided in any further exposure to those now known as household names. I’m asked why not put more of those “committing the real crimes” on my blog and I may do so in time. They’re already listed on other sites so there isn’t an urgency for me to do so. However, what is the excuse of the media who were so happy to run stories especially of Nathan Kotylak and Camille Cacnio, while mentioning as a little blurb Edgar Garcia who was fingered as the man who stabbed a group of three friends.
Beginning to see a patern here? Stories about the “good kids”, the “students” and the one’s who make “just a mistake” make for great news. Those about the dregs of society are just common stories about thugs that fill the back splashes of your everyday news cycle. In other words, not news worthy enough to grab the attention of its readers.
As a side note, I gave an interview to The Dependent last Wednesday to give them my take on why I started the blog, my frustrations that I believe I share with many others, as well as my thoughts on what is in our future regarding all of its fall out. We’ll see how the article plays itself out.