Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When Citizen Journalism Goes Bad

I have made fun before of how every time CNN posts about a violent crime there is an accompanying video link (seriously; see below).

But last night on the 11 o'clock news (Jeff came home and was like, 'You're watching the 11 o'clock news? What are you, 45?' And all of you 45 year-olds will be happy to know that I took great offense, because being educated is cool. The More You Know. Anyway...) I saw a video of neighbors saving a mom and her kids trapped in a burning SUV. And that's great and all, but it begs the question: What asshole was standing there filming it? (Answer in upper right corner).

I realize that some people who happened to be sightseeing downtown on Sept. 11, 2001 ended up with a lot of money from photos and video, but really, some self-reflection needs to happen if your first reaction to an accident (especially one close enough for you to provide aid) is to take out your camera.

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