I was always told from an early age to never turn your nose down on people because: “…even the destitute man on the street has a story to tell.”,
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to watch a lot of crazy youtube videos and I have to tell you, I am so conflicted. Now that everything goes viral and there are so many media sources out there because of even people like me blogging about whatever I want, it becomes very difficult to get the traditional filters that we may have grown up with at the time when the internet wasn’t as integral as it is now in our lives. We now have smartphones, laptops, tiny powerful cameras & video recorders to be able to share content at a pace that is frankly scary.
So here is where the source of my inner conflict comes from: I am about to show you three videos of which 2 are from Jamaican news broadcasts and 1 from an American news broadcast. All three reports are honest attempts at journalism that should have an effect people in a way that would galvanize outrage at the plight of our fellow citizens. It should get us to motivated to do something about it. Somehow the comedic nature of people eager to be on TV gets in the way of this important message sometimes. The content here can refer to graphic representations so be careful if you watch this with young children around. If you feel guilty about laughing, so did I, but I still had to get it out.
Now we all know how graphic, gripping, and sensational these news reports can be. No matter where you live, you unfortunately hear stories like these everyday. However, a lot of these people are just not exposed to proper media etiquette and unfortunately, we all get a huge laugh out of it. It is pretty funny, but it still doesn’t make it right and that’s why I have that conflict.
Now, in America, I am seeing this last guy here – named Antoine Dodson – become a huge celebrity overnight. They’ve now made a song about his interview and it has gone over a million hits in a short time. He has a fan page on facebook with over 23,000 subscribers including me and they are selling t-shirts with his face on it. He is now a cult hero just because his method of expressing his outrage for a personal family situation in the media only to help find the perp that attempted to take advantage of her.
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Yep! Exactly. That’s what I said. I guess that’s the way the world is heading nowadays. So like I said before, everyone has a story to tell, but just remember that everyone will tell your story differently and with their own agenda if they so choose because we are truly in a global place.