This segment of On the Media, Managing the Media After Tragedy, was interesting to listen to. The media can greatly impact and inform society on both positive and negative levels but when is it right for victims to be in the spotlight of the media? When there is a breaking news story, for example about the Boston bombings, I had the news station on 24/7 to see if there was anything new discovered. I was eager to here from individuals that were on the scene and to know what their story was. Sometimes the media can get static if they just keep reiterating stories. However, when someone who was on the scene first hand explains what happened, how they survived and how they are coping, this allows communities to digest what truly took placed and how it affected these victims.
I also believe that victims telling their stories on the media could possibly prevent such tragedies from happening again. I don’t mean completely hindering these acts from occurring, but using the media to change the mind of the audience, to influence them to see that violence and terrorist acts aren’t tolerated. With victims of tragedy displaying their struggle and emotional roller coaster is creating awareness of their causes. I think the media can offer many benefits to victims of tragedy but it can also be difficult for them to tell their story for the world to see.