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  •  That's not what she was referring to (11+ / 0-)

    You'll have noticed that the media does not bestow intense, long-term attention on missing children.  It bestows intense, long-term attention to particular missing children, some of whom are in their 20s, but almost all of whom are female, white, middle class or above, and physically attractive.  

    Once a media-worthy target is chosen, she is targeted by a surprisingly unified corporate media with slavering "concern."

    That happens, according to the media spokesapologists, only because it's what viewers and readers "want," meaning the media bosses think they can make money off of the mystery/tragedy that they are putting forth with such incredible zeal while thousands of others go missing without a word being spoken about them.

    On its Web site, the National Center for Missing Adults profiles more than 1,000 individuals, including photos, physical descriptions and short narratives of when they were last seen. They are young and old, working-class and professional, of all ethnic backgrounds. Most are average-looking.

    And most never receive a mention in their local newspapers or television broadcasts, said Erin Bruno, a case manager at the center who tries to interest media outlets in publicizing missing adults.

    Wikipedia's got scrollable, clickable summary of examples under the heading "Missing white woman syndrome" if you'd like more background.

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 11:28:22 AM PDT

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    •  I know the "Who Can We Exploit" syndrome is wrong (0+ / 0-)

      but it's not the fault of the person who is missing. I just hate to hear anyone say 'the latest missing blond girl' as if it was.

      I don't want to throw up a distraction from this diary and I agree about the media, but I can't blame the missing blond girl or her family.

      •  which is why your concern is misplaced (2+ / 0-)
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        because there is no reasonable way that my use of the expression can be interpreted as blaming them.

        "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

        by teacherken on Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 12:37:06 PM PDT

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