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Thread: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    The fact that at this point in the poll 5 people think its perfectly ok to show this is an indication that our society is sick. People have become desensitized to the point where they no longer have any basic decency.
    Do you have a problem with JFK's death being shown too? or MLK?

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    I don't know what to think of that. If I was in the luger's family I'd probably be really upset about it being on television.

    It is an interesting point about JFK. I remember watching a documentary last November where they showed his head exploding from the kill shot several times as if it was routine.

    I guess nothing is sacred anymore.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Winnb View Post
    I've seen lots of news footage of people being shot by the cops, people jumping out of buildings, people getting hit by cars... I think the decency ship has sailed.
    100% agree.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    This kind of footage doesn't get shown in many European countries because it contravenes codes of taste and decency that all broadcasters have to abide by. You can argue that such codes are censorship, but there is nowhere in the World that I am aware of that allows the totally unfettered broadcast of any image. Boundaries of taste are entirely socially constructed.

    You don't need to have a code however to be able to decide that showing the violent moment of death of an individual is both tasteless, intrusive and does nothing to further public understanding of the news story.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    It's disgraceful, no doubt about it.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    I did, why not? Why shouldn't it be shown? What's the negative aspect of it being shown? If you don't want to see it don't watch it. In my opinion, this athlete gave permission to the press to video tape his practice runs by particpating in the olmypics and I think the press has a right to report what they shot.
    So they have a right to show him die? No, they do not, and I'm sure the family of the athlete would prefer that the video not be shown on news.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    So they have a right to show him die? No, they do not, and I'm sure the family of the athlete would prefer that the video not be shown on news.
    So you're saying the press doesn't have a right to show what they shot?

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    So you're saying the press doesn't have a right to show what they shot?
    I'm saying they should respect the privacy of the family, considering the events that took place.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Apparently 76% here are civilized, the other 24% are something else.
    Probably a huge improvement since the days of the gladiators and lions..

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I'm saying they should respect the privacy of the family, considering the events that took place.
    I guess the difference here is I believe the media has the right to show it but you think they shouldn't show it based on moral grounds?

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