by Lauren Gard
The San Francisco Chronicle's "Two Cents" column is worth a read today, with 30 readers weighing in on the question of how much of the Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui's story the media ought to share with the public. The prevailing line of thought is that the media is utterly out of control - to the detriment of the public.
Says San Leandro resident Vernon Burton: "How about a little class and restraint? It seems as though a whole industry has been formed around these tragedies. You have media outlets reporting little more than what other media outlets are reporting. Then there are the advocates on both sides of the gun control issue spewing their canned responses. The aftermath of these things speak volumes about where we are as a society."
And Bob Wenten of Oakland: "So, if someone wants his 15 minutes of fame and get onto worldwide media to deliver a speech filled with hate, all he has to do is kill a bunch of innocent people?"
Nonetheless, seems the Chron doesn't listen to its own reader advice panel - case in point are the chilling, already ubiquitous photos it publishes here. Today alone it has published twelve articles related to the massacre online.