Twice since yesterday evening, I have been subjected to violent, gruesome video shown on MSNBC News Channel.
Both the videos, one of a policeman shooting a suspect and the other of a dog fight, were shown with no warning that the story may contain violent or graphic images. Both stories opened with the video playing so I had no chance to change the channel or even look away before being assaulted with these images.
When did it become acceptable to show things like this on television without warnings? I'm not a Pollyanna, I know horrible things happen in the world. I know that the constant barrage of fictitious violence in movies and television programming is desensitizing us to real violence, but isn't just casually showing real violence even worse?
I don't want to see it. And I don't like not being given the option.
Loki sez: No, I don't want to see!