We had a horrific train wreck here last week and today the 911 calls were released. For some reason, 911 calls are considered a public record and are thus not kept private.
Every news outlet immediately played them.
To me, this falls into the category of "Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to." It makes me feel nauseous that I live in a time where this is acceptable.
Weeping and screaming are something to share with the public, wedged between the traffic report and sports, the newscasters using their serious tone and shaking their heads sadly at the end so we know they care and aren't just waxen robots with the power of speech.
Why, why do we need to hear them? Are we so uncaring and callous that other people's most awful moments are fodder for our consumption? Why don't we just bring back the Christians and the lions, if we are going to go down that road?
I don't watch TV news and I turned off the radio when our local NPR station began to play the calls. It's not that I can't handle it. It is that I don't want to be the kind of person who thinks it is ok to listen to, because it isn't. It just isn't.