Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters
socratic

Commerce

Click on the link marked "Marine sought 'comfort' raping girl" and you will see a terrible story about a young woman who was raped by a recruiter. First, however, you will see a Netflix advertisement.

I find this disturbing.

We all know that news and commerce are intimately tied at this point (It wasn't always so, at least not to this extent.) But this particular video really brought it home. Here you have a girl who has been raped, and is now being interviewed by CNN. In exchange for showing us this interview CNN requires us to sit through an advertisement. In essence we are buying her story. And CNN is selling it, even though she gets nothing.

It is also in CNNs interest that army recruiters rape young girls so they can get that story and sell it. Obviously CNN will do nothing to encourage this behavior, but still... Profiting off that is distasteful to say the least.

I know the free marketers will be quick (instantaneous even) to defend these kinds of practices, but there has to be a psychological cost to essentially paying to view a story about the rape of a young girl.

Commerce and tragedy are necessarily intermingled, but we should always be aware of what that actually means. And maybe, just maybe, we should make more of an effort to keep them at least at arm's length.
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