network ratings spike with video of mass murderer

I’m sitting here watching America’s Next Top Model with Linette, trying not to give into the temptation and watch the video of Cho Seung-Hui (and the ads that no doubt accompany it). I just flipped through the stations and it’s everywhere. I feel sick.

(I never thought I’d be proud of myself for watching America’s Next Top Model.)

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  1. mark
    Posted April 18, 2007 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to blog tonight about Victory Gardens, but I don’t have to stomach for it now. It’s not so much that the video exists of the killer talking about his plans, it’s the advertising frenzy around it and the ratings that will come as a result.

  2. dr. teddy glass
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Someone should keep track of how much screen time he’s getting. It must be millions and millions of minutes already.

  3. edweird
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    All I needed to know was that this kid was nuts and should’ve gotten help before this happened. Giving him any more thought than that just validates his “cause.”

    I’m more interested in the survivors stories. There have been some really courageous ones coming down the pike.

  4. K
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    This whole ordeal is disgusting, everything about it. I blame society’s need to create celebrities and the “24 hour news cycle” among other things. It’s just saturated everything, and I’m so sick of hearing about it, and it went against every fiber of my being to even post my thoughts above. Jeezus.

  5. jennyfurann
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been avoiding the whole mess as much as possible. Not to ignore it, but to ignore him. I feel bad for the people who were affected. I feel bad that they now have to live through the media bloodlust. I feel bad that we have to do so too. Even the few articles I have read – the writing style is so… over the top. I think it is disrespectful.

    Oh, and I’m glad Jael was cut, it was time. Brittany better stick around, she’s my favorite.

  6. chris
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    On a totally unrelated topic. Mark’s friend, Jeff of the West Virginia Surf Report just had his fast food photo comparisons boing boing’d.

  7. murph
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    a) we don’t have cable.

    b) our network tv reception is non-existent.

    c) mass murderer video? what? is this coming out on netflix soon? because, otherwise, I’ll never see it.

    (/me relaxes into the bliss of not being swept up in america’s latest hysteria…)

  8. mark h
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    TV is evil. It lays poison eggs in the minds of its viewers, and our whole nation is carrying those poisoned eggs, and many of them have hatched.

    Kill your TV. Plant victory gardens. Save the world.

  9. mark
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Still working on the Victory Garden post… Be patient.

    And you’re all right about TVs. They’re terrible, terrible things. If not for the fact that I feel obligated to be at least somewhat culturally literate, mine would be smashed to a million bits.

    (An American Studies major without a TV is a marked man.)

  10. mark
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Chris. I added a link to the Boing Boing piece from the Jeff Kay thread.

    And, I’m not a fan of Brit. Actually I don’t like anyone this season. I just keep watching so that I don’t slip and go back to “24.”

  11. Posted April 20, 2007 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I did my part to not help their ratings. I haven’t seen any of it, other than when the evening news started two nights ago, right off the bat showing photos of that ass-clown posing with his guns. My kids were in the room, so I shut it off.

  12. dr. teddy glass
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Jael was interviewed in the Detroit Free Press this morning. She’s trying to develop a reality series in which she follows around some unsigned bands.

  13. edweird
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I have no coax in my house. It doesn’t even come to the house. It is wrapped up around the pole in my back yard and staying there. Do I still watch TV shows? Sure, there are a few I follow. I just get them thru other means. And no commercials. Program it, I say. Don’t allow it to program you.

  14. K
    Posted April 23, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    It’s not even just tv, I don’t even use my tv. I’m amazed at how much NPR has been covering the story, even when there’s no real “news” to speak of.

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