Amanda Todd and Bullying:
Does a person have to be deceased to get media attention?
This is not about artists being recognized after they die. Certainly my career speaks otherwise. This is about what the media deems newsworthy.
I recall many years ago having a burger with my kids north of Toronto. Outside of the pinball establishment next door a truck pulled up and four big nasty looking guys got out and went into the pinball place. Something told me is wasn’t for a game or two of pinball.
Moments later they came out with this guy in tow and began pounding him to bits in the parking lot! Then they dropped him half conscious on the pavement and left.
I always carried a camera with me and I had the presence of mind to shoot on motor drive the whole incident.
That same afternoon I dropped my kids off at home and took my roll of film to the local police department where they obtained copies and sent me on my way. Then I went to the Newspapers, all three major Toronto dailies. All three asked me if the pictures were bloody and gory. I said no. Only blood in the pic’s was the guys face which wasn’t much cause they laid their beating all over his ribs and stomach. So not much gore.
The papers, all three were not interested. They said it had to be really bloody or no one would pay any attention.
That was the last time I ever tried to submit to a paper.
This past week we have been flooded with news about Amanda Todd. We know that this is a very tragic and terribly sad story. My heart pains for her and this torn family. They did everything they could for her. We also know that teen suicide, or just suicide in general is a terrible thing to encounter, to say the least. We know that suicides are happening every single day all over this land. What made this one stand out and hit the airwaves was the plea for help Amanda posted on Youtube. Ripped my heart to pieces seeing it. I have a daughter who is 14 and it is horrible to imagine. Had to block it out as quickly as possible.
The fact remains that if Amanda had not posted that YouTube video she probably would have become just another statistic. Unknown, untold, passed over by the mass media. This is of course not what happened. Thankfully the media did tell her story. Continues to tell her story. But I sincerely question why. Do they do it for the sparing of other lives? For the possibility of raising awareness about teen suicide and bullying? Or do they tell the story as long as it attracts viewers to the news cast or the papers mages? I’m a skeptic on this one. Experience tells me it is the later and that saddens me as much.
While wall posting the minutes and hours away on your device have you ever wondered where is this headed? Ever wondered to your self why? Why do I post everything that I'm doing? What's the difference between this and, say, my pet rock? Well, for starters your pet rock can't talk back to you. Your pet rock won't keep a record. Your pet rock can never embarrass you in front of all the world. Your pet rock will never be more than what it really is...a Rock.
So since we are talking about fads and how they come in and are so sensational, then they leave. Some of them even make us think they might always be around, like Bell Bottom jeans (remember those?). But like all fads, some with longer lives than others, eventually our fascination with them wears off. Or something new and even cooler (if that were ever possible) comes along and takes it's place.
Before Facebook there was Myspace, and some others, but the whole concept has really taken off. Then came Facebook. Little known, simple place to say your thoughts and read others. Now it has become the Ma Bell of the current age. Why even Bell telephones foundations are shaking over the possibility to now communicate sight and sound on Facebook video chat. That's very cool, but if you are Bell, or Myspace or Kodak, wow, the future is not always so certain.
Have you ever recently while on Facebook thought to yourself, "hmmm, this is getting boring"? And then slapped yourself on the face and told yourself to wake up, it's FACEBOOK after all!
The real red flag for me was the recent announcement that Facebook is going public, and soon. That says two things to me: 1) they want to get bigger and need the capital. 2) the original shareholders want what's coming to them now before the whole thing becomes unpopular and interest starts to decline taking their profits with it.
In my former years in the Stock market I learned that corporate executives usually don't stay with the ship when it goes down, no, the do a Costa Concordia. They are usually on the first lifeboat they can find, to heck with the passengers.
Would I buy stock in Facebook? No. Not now. Even though there is clearly still an upside to it's growth. My guess is you will be left holding the bag. The right time to buy Facebook shares was last year, or last month, or last week, but now that the news is out, uh uh sailor.
Watch for the next cool thing to hit the communications world.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.