After 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was shot and killed by police during a raid filmed for a cable show, experts are asking whether the officers responded to the cameras with violence.
Sick of hearing about a slow-moving sheet of oil floating about in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico? You may not be alone.
According to The New Republic's Bradford Plumer, the network coverage of the ongoing oil spill by doesn't really stack up to past spills in either the amount of stories or in the minutes devoted to the crisis. "The Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 obviously got an enormous amount of coverage," Plumer explains, "but it's striking that even incidents like the 1978 Amoco Cadiz accident off the coast of France got far more media attention than the current BP spill." Have viewers become so desensitized to corporate abuses that the repeated spills begin to blend into the background of destruction wrought by the likes of Enron, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Dow Chemical, Halliburton, etc.? Or is the reason behind this relative lack of coverage something even more disheartening?
Francis Reynolds is the managing editor of Guernica magazine and editorial producer of The Nation. As a Big Think blogger, he focuses on the media landscape and the ever-evolving ways we get our news. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.