This class has sure changed the way I view news reports now (which, of course, is the point). I am currently flipping through the stations that are covering the breaking news about the explosions in Boston that happened this afternoon. It only happened about an hour ago, so the information they are giving are very limited. The most interesting thing I've observed is that the FIRST publicity this situation received was from a photo posted on Twitter (click here to see the photo). The news station I was watching (Channel 13) admitted that's how they first heard about it. The videos of the blast that they have been showing in a loop on all the channels are from someone's phone or personal camera.
On CBS, the announcer was letting the viewer know that people in the area were not allowed to make phone calls from cell phones because "perhaps cellular phone calls could trigger a latent bomb." This is an odd request to make of people, and I doubt it'll hold up long because people will be calling family and friends to be sure they are okay. I believe this is just a result of people scaring easily, but that's just my opinion.
Speaking of scaring easy, the way they are replaying and replaying the exact same videos, and will be for the rest of the day, is not good for people. I agree with my roommate: It's unhealthy to stare at the same thing all day long. Especially with headlines like "Patients with limbs blown off" sitting along the bottom of the screen. Thanks, Fox News. :/ At least CBS had the decency to say something like "people with amputated limbs." Fox is making it sound like a video game.
If you notice anything about how they report this, post it here. I sure hope those people are okay....
(I don't mean for this post to sound cold-hearted or apathetic, I just found myself watching this differently than I usually would).