Get Mad, Get Better

My last few blogs have been serious and I was determined to have a lighthearted subject this week. Sure…

Maybe it would help if I stopped listening to the radio.

The last story in the newscast was about a child porn internet site being busted. Two of the sexually abused children are from BC. They are very, very young.

The memorial service of the six dogs dying in a hot van got more press time.

How is this possible? What have we become?

So a person was able to watch little kids being sexually abused. Then this same person can post the video and pictures for all to see. Thank God the police caught them. Or to be more exact… forget God… thank the police.

I heard no media follow-up.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There was no public cheer or out-cry. We are more interested in strikes and pipelines and precious pets.

Next day there wasn’t a story about how a group of people are setting up a walk/run to raise money for the counseling those innocent children will need for the rest of their lives. There was no story because we didn’t step up. There was nothing to report. Everyone is too busy at the dog’s memorial service. Or at least watching the news about the dog’s service.

The porn arrest was just the last story of a newscast. Only a short mention. I bet most people were more interested in finding out about the weekend’s weather.

No wonder I get angry. No wonder I seem jaded to yet another rally for belugas or bike lanes or our sacred earth.

I don’t want to live in a place where our first priority is not our children.

What is wrong with this world?

Maybe it’s just filled with grown up children that no one helped when they were young and in harm’s way.

Let’s do better.

  • eleanor wright

    Trisha, that’s the reason I do not watch the news anymore. Maybe news editors do not think we can stomach this type of story as pets get more space?? We should be concerned.
    Good one!

  • The people who read, watch, and listen to the media far outnumber those who create, publish, and broadcast that media, but neither demographic is totally callous to presence of pedophiles in our society. It’s just that media executives are in business to make money and thus choose what stories get the most attention. It’s all about what advertisers will pay or what people think they will pay. It’s unfortunate, but in a country where the media is free to publish/broadcast what they wish it is money which often dictates what the viewing public is shown.

    If stories like these get more attention, advertisers will be willing to pay higher rates for the ads that run next to those stories and they’ll get more prominent positions in print and airplay. The voice of change in a capitalistic society will always be driven, at least in part, by greed. Yeah, it stinks big time, but the tools to bring about change are what they are. Hopefully the topic of child pornography will gain momentum now and we will hear more noise in the future. Squeaky wheel gets the oil.

    • Yes Guy… all you say is so true. But every once in a while I like to bring up the subject to continue the dialogue. The old saying of “follow the money” controls most of the media. But they are chasing the “eyes” so if people become aware and make better choices this might help. We are not sheep!