by Jennifer Bowman
Charlie Chaplin once won third place in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. When I learned this bit of information, I laughed terribly hard. To me, it seemed that you might just know the real Charlie Chaplin when you see him. But as with many things, apparently what you see is not what you get.
As goes with the rest of the world, or the shooter at Virginia Tech. The media, still rampaging the campus, pierces a deep wound even deeper, blaming the president for not expelling him or something, and blaming the campus security for not doing anything after two hours of him taking a break before the next (and most fatal, if I'm correct) shooting.
I am torn by my decision to enter the media. To me, it seems as a whole, it's corrupt in the worst sort of way. Even on Fox News, all they do is discuss the latest "fad" in news, i.e. Anna Nicole Smith or Rosie O'Donnell, to its breaking point, or until something trendier comes along in the news world. I can't imagine what it's like to be continually hounded by the media after having something tragic happen like at Virginia Tech - where my four of my classmate's cousins go and where another one of my classmate's grandfather works. All of these people were perfectly unharmed, but I wonder if the relief they felt was only balanced by the pain and suffering of another, which is only strained by the media.
I understand that it is important to get out certain information to the people, and yes, constant coverage of the news is something that people DO desire - Ted Turner was smart enough to pick up on that. News is actually more searched for than pornography on the Internet. Despite its heckling, obnoxious tendencies - people really, genuinely do desire to know what's going on in the world at all times.
I believe that gives the media a direct responsibility to be completely moral and honest in everything that they do. I can't say that I'm the shining beacon of honesty and purity and all things good and moral, but I can say that I really do want to reform the world of the media, if I could just figure out how.
There are so many things I want to change about this world, really. I just observe things, get angry, and have a strong desire to FIX it. I don't know how. It drives me absolutely crazy.
Hopefully, however, I can learn to change things about the media and about the press and everything. All you need is a little control, a little faith, and a lot of will to make it happen. Ah, but where to get control? You know I can find some of that.