Media Musings Blog Archive A man dies
Nouvelle mercurial vapor the act itself is simple enough, with its participants simply lying somewhere unusual (no, beds don count) with their face down flat and their arms by their side.
It taken off in a big way, though, with even celebrities like Gary Ablett and Sam Newman planking. Over 100,00 people Planking on Facebook, including the late Acton Beale. This has led to questions surrounding the media responsibility.
Gary Ablett planking in a hotel room. Picture: Twitter
In one of many articles on the new fad, Fairfax Marissa Calligeros laid most of the blame with police. The police, she wrote, are responsible through their press releases and media conferences condemning planking, for an of mainstream media coverage. her logic, the media would also be to blame for giving the police such a free run. If the police are guilty, then so too the media.
This is where Calligeros is wrong. The police cannot be blamed for trying to stop something they saw as being dangerous and stupid. They only had good intentions when they were trying to dissuade people from continuing the practice.
They just doing their jobs, and promoting messages of safety to the community, through the media, is one of their responsibilities and should be something we expect of them.
The media cannot be blamed, either. Planking itself is not inherently dangerous. It not an sport it doesn promote violence, it just lying down.
If a man got nouvelle mercurial vapor drunk and fell seven stories while lying face first on a balcony, it a tragic accident and not a reflection on our media or law enforcement system.
The media is indeed guilty for many factual inaccuracies, bias, and sometimes defamation and gross injustice. But if one man gets drunk and tragically falls to his death, it just a tragic accident and nothing more.
Acton Beale, David Swan, media, Planking
Posted under: Blogging, Media ethics, Social media
Dated: May 17 2011
Dave this is quite a good piece! I like how you explained what planking actually is, because some people (not me, of course!) saw the word on Facebook, and thought planking was a sexual connotation. Erggh. Anyway! I thought your comparison of how the police and the media are covering the issue was appropriate and original. I too think that it the individual role to ensure that they aren taking it too far, for just a few likes on Facebook. I personally don see the point, and I don think you do either. Let stand up, instead of lying down! HAZZAH! Well Done!
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