Does anyone else feel that the media is far too involved in affairs which don't really concern the public surrounding high profile deaths?
I first felt this on the publication of an image of Jade Goody's body bag in, I believe (but could be wrong), Heat magazine. At the time this really shocked me and now, following the death of Michael Jackson, the internet is littered with photos.
Most sickeningly one of him being placed in the Ambulance, at which time he was already non-responsive to CPR so technically dead. Now they have also released photos of his body bag and are playing the 911 call which was made to his house on the news before the watershed.
All this talk of autopsys too and coroners-That's surely non of our business! In my opinion, all the public should know is that someone has died. It is not public business to see photos of the body, body bag or hear the desperate calls to emergency services. nor is it necessary for us to know the results of an autopsy to the point of the media bombarding the coroner with questions and timescales.
I just feel that 21st century media is far more invasive than it's ever been, and that this is damaging to those families in mourning. Having recently lost my close grandad, I would be devastated to have to make a 'statement' or face cameras every move I made. Nor would I want to see photos and images of body bags etc everywhere I turn.
The Jackson's have asked for the media to respect their privacy, but in this age..what does that mean? I sure as hell don't know anymore.