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NPR On the Media “Sandy”

Eduardo Salgado  Oct. 5

 For all of those who fortunately had power the weekend that Sandy happened then most of the people should be aware of those photos circulating on the Internet. The “trolling” that occurred this weekend was in my point of view was not funny. Some of these photos were blatantly unreal because one could tell where the image had come from. For example there was an image circulating of the statue of liberty being overtaken by a huge wave, but just looking at the Day After Tomorrow that same image appears in the movie. Some pictures however seemed real and with enough people retweeting the images and putting them up in other forms of social media. For example the images of the sharks swimming in the flooded streets of New Jersey seemed pretty unreal to me in the beginning, but then seeing the news confirm just how much damage Sandy was doing I began to doubt whether if the image was real or not. This is exactly what was being explained in On the Media at first people want to be the center of attention, and expect the worst and the images they show portray what they expect to come from the disaster. These images show huge clouds hovering over Manhattan, entire neighborhoods being flooded, and huge waves crashing into bridges. Now when the news, our source of valid and true information, is reporting just how devastating the hurricane is the more trolling that occurs and the more confused we become. I really hope that these trolls tell the public that the images are photo shopped, but the truth of the matter fact is that they probably feel some sort of satisfaction from all the gullible people thinking their images are real. If not ask the person who tweeted about the stock market the day of the hurricane and how this tweet reached its way up to CNN.  That seems incredible to me that other journalist would be so gullible to retweet something like that just for the sake of it being very juicy news instead of doing at least some research before spreading rumors. These tweets should never reach CNN, we need to keep a clear separation between factual news and trolls because lives could depend on it, and confusing the public could cause mass chaos. 

One comment

  1. Times of crisis bring out the best and worst in people. However, fulfilling egotistical impulse and drawing gratification from the suffering of others is in its own class of person- low. Classless humor has no place even being discussed by news outlets, including NPR. This gives these pathetic people more credit and validation than they deserve. I understand NPR covered this from the angle of disapproval, but it need not be covered at all. What a shame that we live in a world with a growing numbe of people with no grace, class or sense of moral obligation or ever awareness.

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