Okay, so, first off, I found out at the doctor's yesterday that I had lost a few pounds, so I celebrated by eating a bunch of cookies. Hey, it made perfect sense to ME. And this, my friends, is why I'm not a brain surgeon.
Now. There was an article in my local paper today (Yes. I still read the print edition of the paper. I subscribe, even. They deliver it to my home. I AM OLD. IT IS OFFICIAL.) about the outcry over the NYC photog who snapped a pic of a man about to get run over by a subway train. There is, of course, also outcry over the fact that the N.Y. Post PUBLISHED the photo. And then, my local paper, for good measure, published the photo to accompany the article.
Now. Given the amount of media I peruse, I was going to see that picture at some point. It was inevitable. But maybe it shouldn't be.
Maybe I'm just a delicate flower, but maaaaan, I don't need to see shit like that. True confession: I was once at a local swamp and came upon a giant snake eating a giant bullhead. IT WAS AWESOME. And I had my camera. But I didn't take a picture. I couldn't. It would have been ... disrespecting the bullhead, somehow.
So yeah, maybe I'm just insane. But I don't think it's necessary to widely publish photos of people (or fish, for that matter) who are about to die. Did it happen? Yes. Do we have to SEE it? I would contend not.
Then again, I can see bringing up the whole Holocaust argument. Then again, there are people who STILL deny the Holocaust occurred, photos notwithstanding.
Should such pics be available for viewing? Maybe. Should they be available for viewing on the front page of a newspaper, where we are exposed to them whether or not we want to be? Maybe not. Maybe there are some things we don't need to see.
And maybe it needs to be taken in context. "Pics or it didn't happen" may be applicable and even valuable in some cases, but in this case? In the case of one man about to lose his life to a subway train? What is served by publishing that? Besides selling more papers, that is.
I don't know. I feel like I'm all over the place with this. What do you guys think?