Davig Konig got me fired up. Thank you, Sir.
Once a week a person is shot, stabbed, raped, dumped and discarded. This is the basis behind the #1 show on television, CSI.
In the first 45 minutes of the hit series LOST, over 10 people are sucked out of an airplane traveling at 30,000 feet. Dozens more plummeted to the ocean where they likely died horrible deaths, if they were still conscious.
Every few weeks folks gather around the TV to watch two men beat each other as hard as they can until one is knocked out or gives up.
So why is this compilation of realistic deaths and injuries, some of them real, such a “shocker” or “Warning! Not Safe for Work?”
I have concluded it is because the yellow tape is missing.
When we settle down on the couch for another hour of solving crimes and beating other people, we expect it. We set time aside. If, on the off chance, we catch a story on the news, the camera crew has arrived, the scene has been sterilized (sheet over the body, cameras moved back) and the yellow tape is up.
That yellow tape seems to be the “be warned” “not safe for work” disclaimer, since so few people get to see what happens before the tape goes up.
As someone who specializes in crisis management prior to the magic tape’s arrival, watching videos of persons getting into the situations that require my attention still gives me the shivers. And I know what to expect.
But this series of images should shock us no more than the folks raped and murdered every night on TV should. The clips should not ruin our day or make us cry any more than the folks sucked out of the airplane on LOST, beaten in a ring or dramatized in some other fashion.
No, I think the reason these images bother so many people is because Hollywood has gone out of their way to make death, murder, rape and a host of other horrible things romantic and exciting.
This clip reel shows death is cold, hard and sudden. It isn’t always dramatic, or fantastic, but sometimes just happens when you least expect it.
“It’ll never happen to me,” some will say and I’ll believe you, until you’re in my ambulance, or worse, I have to write your chart waiting for the medical examiner. So many people are used as examples of “I shouldn’t be alive” or “I was one of the lucky ones” which only reinforces the belief in others that they can be the lucky ones too.
These clips should be shown on national television during the shows that show worse things. In between murders on Law and Order, perhaps a message about the real dangers of not being buckled in. Those crash test dummies we had a few years back didn’t do a thing as far as I can tell.
Perhaps we need our day “ruined” by images like this from time to time and maybe we’ll start to wear our seat belts, slow down and learn to take precautions to be safe.
Or it will backfire and people will become desensitized to collisions the same way they have to shootings, rape and assault.
I think it’s a chance that needs to be taken.
And don’t try to blame a political philosophy for being too “touchy feely” or PC, like I said, these images are all over TV as it is, have been for decades, I just want some real public service announcements. Less about staying in school and more about staying in your seat belt could go a long way.