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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 08:29 PM
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31. I think you might be missing the point there
This isn't a case of "your daughter should be out of luck" as much as it's a case of "many, many other people are being cast to the wolves because they don't get as good ratings."

Meaning absolutely no disrepect to your daughter - two of my cousins were kidnapping victims (recovered safely, but still), so I have at least a little experience with that whole nightmare - the media really does actively go out of its way to prefer missing white middle-or-upper-class usually-blonde women in such situations, to the point where "Missing Pretty Girl Syndrome"* is used formally to describe it in studies of how the news presents this sort of thing.

Prime time news generally won't raise an eyebrow to cover, say, a missing Hispanic girl, to say nothing of a missing black boy. All three people warrant exactly the same level of concern, resources, attention and effort, but two of them are completely and deliberately ignored by national media for ratings purposes, while the third will often remain in the news for months or years after - one way or another - the actual case is over.

Of course, if any instance of any kid matching any of those descriptions got wall-to-wall coverage on all the networks, given the number of them out there, nothing else would ever get discussed. I don't pretend to know where the balance should be there.

* - And there's a whole new level of problems implied in that term, isn't there?
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  -Deconstruction nadinbrzezinski  Nov-01-10 03:07 PM   #0 
  - Kick because this is important  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 03:47 PM   #1 
  - Well said.  The Velveteen Ocelot   Nov-01-10 03:51 PM   #2 
  - Some of the crap one reads in graduate school  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 03:56 PM   #4 
  - k  mdmc   Nov-01-10 03:55 PM   #3 
  - Wait -- it wasn't a liberal equivalent of Glenn Beck's rally?  Gormy Cuss   Nov-01-10 04:03 PM   #5 
  - You know, I don't really disagree with your OP, but that "missing blondes" meme really offends me  apocalypsehow   Nov-01-10 04:04 PM   #6 
  - It is not about your daughter...  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:08 PM   #7 
  - Isn't Nancy Grace the ultimate missing blonde? She isn't mssing, and was never there, and she's  leveymg   Nov-01-10 04:19 PM   #9 
     - Ph.D indeed  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:21 PM   #10 
        - French post-positivist anthropology - always appeals and explains things well . . .  leveymg   Nov-01-10 04:27 PM   #13 
           - Well I have been doing some Annales school myself  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:28 PM   #14 
              - I'll take class analysis over Annales, and a nice Savignon Blanc over Bloch  leveymg   Nov-01-10 04:36 PM   #15 
                 - Amusing... while we have been playing games  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:48 PM   #16 
                    - Part of Bloch's "Historian's Craft" is on Google Books  leveymg   Nov-01-10 05:19 PM   #20 
                       - Ended up ordering it  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 06:31 PM   #24 
                          - Enjoy.  leveymg   Nov-01-10 06:46 PM   #25 
  - It's not about your daughter (who likely would get non-stop coverage)  RaleighNCDUer   Nov-01-10 04:57 PM   #17 
     - or the fact that local stories do not deserve  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:59 PM   #18 
     - So, in your perfect world, if my daughter went missing, she & her family are just out of luck.  apocalypsehow   Nov-01-10 06:57 PM   #27 
        - No, in a perfect world, and in a less perfect one too  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 07:03 PM   #28 
        - I think you might be missing the point there  Posteritatis   Nov-01-10 08:29 PM   #31 
           - If I wasn't concerned by all kinds of privacy/invasive issues, I would post a family picture.  apocalypsehow   Nov-02-10 02:16 AM   #32 
              - I certainly don't mean the term in a dismissive way  Posteritatis   Nov-02-10 12:48 PM   #33 
  - Hmmm...  alcibiades_mystery   Nov-01-10 04:08 PM   #8 
  - k&r -  uncommon   Nov-01-10 04:23 PM   #11 
  - And that was the point  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 04:26 PM   #12 
  - That's really a stretch  CrawlingChaos   Nov-01-10 05:16 PM   #19 
  - He is the jester  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 06:27 PM   #22 
  - Yes, the Pundits are all about theater  BuelahWitch   Nov-01-10 05:48 PM   #21 
  - It is also about control...of the message.  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 06:29 PM   #23 
  - Correct.  AspenRose   Nov-01-10 06:54 PM   #26 
  - k&r...best analysis yet...  spanone   Nov-01-10 07:46 PM   #29 
     - Thanks  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-01-10 08:16 PM   #30 
 

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