Shocking Images Thrown on Your Front Doorstep… Is this OK?

Countless of terrible things happen to people every day, some are documented and some are not. When a natural disaster hits Earth, the first thing we want to do is help those involved. With technology, it is easier than ever to donate to charity or volunteer when needed. Yet, to inform people of what is going on in other places writing might not be enough. In the article, “Too Graphic?”, Arielle Emmett explains how countless of newspapers had shocking photos of the Earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010. These photographs showed hundreds of thousands of deceased bodies lying in the street along with heartbreaking images of helpless children. These photos definitely got the World’s attention, but were they too much?

I believe that people should know what is going on in the World around them and sometimes what is going on may not be easy to see. Citizens needed to understand how tragic the earthquake was during Haiti and how badly those people needed help. It is hard to look at images of crying children without parents, but that is how they were living during that time. Yet, to have photos of dead people on the front of national newspapers for the world to see might be a little too harsh. It is not fair for children to pass by newspaper stands on the street and see those shocking images. Newspapers should definitely have a column explaining the tragedy with a not-so-cruel photo on the front page and also have a line stating “more images online.” This would allow the world to see these photos on the Internet rather than sitting on their front door step. The hundreds of thousands of people who passed away during this Earthquake deserve respect and I don’t think it’s okay to exploit their images on a newspaper but the Internet is a different story since people will be searching for that. I think the rules should definitely be different between online and television/newspaper.

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