- Posted August 23, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Which Crimes Make the National News
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
I generally do no pay that close attention to crime stories; I don’t want to think about the bad things in the world. I want to put on my rose colored glasses and believe that people are basically good and that crime exists somewhere else, like on TV.
Lately it has been impossible to ignore these stories; I am not sure if the media is just reporting more or if my blinders to this stuff have stopped working. Either way, I am no longer able to ignore these horrible crimes. I listen to the horrible things that people do to one another and I ask myself, what would cause me to resort to murder? What would cause me to value life so little? Were people always like this, or is this new? Crime statistics say, crime is down, hard to believe with so many murders in Chicago…
What I have noticed is how some stories blow up into widespread national news that are covered multiple times a day from arrest to conviction and some stories are reported and then fizzle to nothing. Some stories reach beyond the news and filter into our conversations and debates and some stories die.
Why are some victims more compelling than others? Why do we want to hold up some victims and ignore others? Why are some killers more compelling than others? I see no rhyme or reason in what is reported and what sticks in the minds and enters our daily conversations.
Why did we care about Jodi Arias? Was she a compelling killer since she did not fit the mold of what we expect a killer to look like? Or was it because she went from looking attractive before the murder and more bookish afterward? What was it?
Look at the coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. Was George a more compelling killer, or was Trayvon a more compelling victim?
Will this young man that was killed by bored teenagers in Oklahoma get covered or will the extent of the coverage end today or tomorrow? Will we see the trial? Or will reporters lose interest before the case ever makes it to trial?
Are some victims less valuable?