Everywhere you turn there are news reports of the death of Muammar Gaddafi. What has been disturbing me for the past two days is the images of his dead body EVERYWHERE. I went to the store to buy a banana and the newspaper next to the bananas had a graphic image of Gaddafi’s corpse. Later I went to get coffee. There were more newspapers and more images of his corpse. This morning I go online to read the news and there are multiple images of Gaddafi’s dead body.
Why is this acceptable? And why is this considered journalism? The only reasons that news sources are doing this is to sensationalize a “victory” and to humiliate Gaddafi and his supporters. But what about everyone else? What about those simply wanting to read the news, why must we be subject to this? What about people who aren’t even interested in the news but come across the images while walking down the street and passing a newsstand?
It’s not that I want to stick my head in the sand and ignore the horrors of the world. I know that there are wars and pain and death. I believe that monsters exist. It is part of life and the world in which we live. However I do take issue with the barrage if images forced onto me so that editors can sell more papers.
What do you think?