And...how was YOUR weekend?
The Colorado cinema shooting occupied my mind a lot this weekend. If you feel like you got a little behind on the story (which happens) click here for my original post.
After that you can click here for the latest on the alleged shooter.
The above two links are what I spent a good part of the weekend on, and I certainly don't mind. It's my job. I may not always be your source for information but I always try and share what I know and what I think.
Certainly the loss of life and the deep impact on survivors is the #1 concern from this tragic event. Having said that, here are a couple of other spins:
1) All of my life in media we have talked about a fatigue factor. When you work in the gathering and sharing of information, there is a danger that you negatively skew your point of view about life. YES, there IS so much bad news and sometimes you feel like that's ALL there is. (As we say off air..."plane lands safely" is not interesting news.) In media, most of us have dealt with that and have tried to avoid being overwhelmed by all the sad news we report. GUESS WHAT, you are all in the media now, and for most of you, this feeling is new. Twitter/Facebook/et al has put you front and center as a receiver AND giver of information. Believe me, it's not all bad and the cliches apply. The sun will come up tomorrow, and what does not kill us does make us stronger. Sorry, that may not seem sage, it only happens to be true.
2) And this to me WAS disturbing. Hollywood studios aligned this weekend to give their usual box-office receipt reporting a rest out of respect for the victims and their families. WHAT!? Sunday and Monday estimates are a weekly routine in Hollywood, where bragging rights may lead to further box office revenues. Understand that they still took in the money, they just aren't bragging about it. I haven't heard of anything so ridiculous for a long time. Perhaps (and likely) it is not their fault that an obsessed crazed individual chose this venue for his mayhem, but choose it he did, and by that I feel Hollywood is called upon to do something greater than simply keeping quiet about how many millions they made. Shameful.
Last September I interviewed Michael Uslan, a visionary movie producer who about 30 years ago purchased all the Batman movie and TV rights. This interview is available by clicking here. I believe him to be a caring genuine individual, and I call upon him and others in his position to do more. I don't blame them because it happened, but I feel it is encumbent upon them to do more.
Until then, be a responsible reporter. Feel your feelings but don't let it overwhelm you. You are all doing my job now. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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