jumper on Fred Hartman Bridge

jumper on Fred Hartman Bridge

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Weegi

Houston, TX

#1 Oct 23, 2009
I was checking out the LaPorte forum and read where a lady jumped off the bridge Thursday. I do not find anything about it in the online news sources.
MeDP

United States

#2 Oct 24, 2009
Weegi wrote:
I was checking out the LaPorte forum and read where a lady jumped off the bridge Thursday. I do not find anything about it in the online news sources.
News sources, by some agreement, generally do not report on suicides. There have been several lately including two building jumpers in downtown Houston and another one I know of out in Sugarland. None of those were mentioned on any media.

“Candor for the few”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#3 Oct 24, 2009
It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!
Weegi

Houston, TX

#4 Oct 24, 2009
I wonder what else they have agreed not to report on.

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#5 Oct 24, 2009
I remember reading a few decades ago about the local San Francisco news media agreeing not to report on Golden Gate Bridge jumpers because it only encouraged more suicides.

Supposedly jumpers are different from other suicides. They see their death as a kind of performance art.

Anyway, it seemed to help, insofar as anyone can tell about those sorts of things. I wouldn't be surprised if most news outlets followed the same practice regarding suicide jumpers.

“Candor for the few”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#6 Oct 24, 2009
Hezekiah wrote:
Supposedly jumpers are different from other suicides. They see their death as a kind of performance art.
NOW, you've got my curiosity going...
How did "they" come to their conclusions?
Did they interview these suicide victims to find out why they made this choice?
Weegi

Houston, TX

#7 Oct 24, 2009
I don't like the media getting to pick and choose what gets reported. I also don't like the media giving me recomendations of who to vote for.

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#8 Oct 24, 2009
DPTX wrote:
<quoted text>NOW, you've got my curiosity going...
How did "they" come to their conclusions?
Did they interview these suicide victims to find out why they made this choice?
There was a rash of suicides jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge at the time. There was also a lot of media attention and sensationalism. When the media attention died down, so did the number of suicides.

You can draw your own conclusions.

The same sort of phenomenon occurs with streakers at public sporting events. TV never shows the incident as it happens because that seems to encourage that kind of behavior. I guess some people could complain that the media ought to show the streakers, but it really wouldn't be helpful.
Weegi

Houston, TX

#9 Oct 25, 2009
Hezekiah wrote:
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There was a rash of suicides jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge at the time. There was also a lot of media attention and sensationalism. When the media attention died down, so did the number of suicides.
You can draw your own conclusions.
The same sort of phenomenon occurs with streakers at public sporting events. TV never shows the incident as it happens because that seems to encourage that kind of behavior. I guess some people could complain that the media ought to show the streakers, but it really wouldn't be helpful.
I understand your point. After showing two airplanes slaming into the Twin Towers over and over I wouldn't want anyone else to copy that.
Weegi

Houston, TX

#10 Oct 25, 2009
Hezekiah I am not critizing you. I asked a question and you gave me a good answer. Thank you.

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#11 Oct 25, 2009
Weegi wrote:
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I understand your point. After showing two airplanes slaming into the Twin Towers over and over I wouldn't want anyone else to copy that.
But the fact is that media attention does encourage such a thing. Remember not long afterward, somebody slammed a little plane into a building. If flying planes into buildings was as easy as jumping off a bridge, it would happen regularly.

Terrorists blow things up to kill people and to cause widespread terror. The media helps their cause by publicizing the event and by helping to spread the terror. Terrorists use our media to promote their political causes.

In the '80s when there was a rash of political kidnappings in the Middle East, the Soviets were hardly affected. Probably because the Soviet government didn't have freedom of the press and such incidents had no effect whatsoever on their policies.

Anyway, I'm all for freedom of the press, but I don't find fault with the media for not reporting suicide jumpers if there is some reason to believe it only encourages others to jump.

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#12 Oct 25, 2009
Weegi wrote:
...I also don't like the media giving me recommendations of who to vote for.
My vote is not much influenced by media opinion, unless it's an obscure amendment I never even heard of. But I don't mind the Houston Chronicle, or Fox News, or the Huffington Post recommending how to vote.

I weigh their recommendations accordingly. In fact, I would be influenced not to vote for anything Fox News endorsed. And I appreciate the Chronicle shedding light on the meaning of proposed amendments, since I don't think reading the gibberish for the first time in the voting booth is adequate.

“Candor for the few”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#13 Oct 25, 2009
But you think reading gibberish in the Houston Chronicle is adequate?
notmesezi

Deer Park, TX

#14 Oct 25, 2009
There was a documentary not to long ago that was showing the jumpers on the Golden Gate bridge. I believe it showed on 20/20...but it gave an indepth look from the perspective of the suicidal and media coverage. Might be able to google it and watch.
looking

Baoding, China

#15 Oct 25, 2009
Hez,

"In fact, I would be influenced not to vote for anything Fox News endorsed."

Does this mean that you would not for an issued if it was endorsed by FN? Meaning you would not cast a vote for that issue, like just ignore it.

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#16 Oct 25, 2009
If Fox News endorsed Jesus Christ for Deer Park dogcatcher and he was the only one on the ballot, I wouldn't vote for him.
looking

Beijing, China

#17 Oct 25, 2009
If he were the only one on the ballot, what difference would you not voting make?

“I don't believe in mathematics”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#18 Oct 25, 2009
None.

But if Fox News didn't endorse Him, I would consider voting for Him.
tommy

Deer Park, TX

#19 Nov 16, 2010
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ImOnFox

United States

#20 Nov 16, 2010
Fox news. They tell me what to think, say, and do.
I no longer have to use my brain, Fox is doing it for me.
Thank you Fox.
If anyone does not agree with Fox they are my sworn enemy.
Anyone that does not agree with Fox must be gay and hate this country.

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