The Michael Brown shooting is all over the news right now. Normally I would stay away from such a topical post, as SPM’s situation has little to do with a young man being gunned down, wrongly or not, by a police officer. However, a hashtag inspired by the post-mortem coverage piqued my interest.
If you don’t know what the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag is, this article has as good an explanation as any: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/11/after-michael-browns-killing-iftheygunnedmedown-shows-how-selfies-shape-history/
I don’t want to point out the intricacies of the trend so much as the general acceptance of this; that the media portrays what it pleases them to portray. You can chalk it up to fear-mongering, racism, or just an attempt to catch the attention of an already-jaded audience, but the truth is that ‘if it bleeds it leads; if it doesn’t bleed, well, maybe we’re not looking at it from the right angle.’