Monday, September 8, 2014

The Media Is Delightfully Clueless

It's not just firearms about which the mainstream media is laughably uninformed...

Yes. "Hackers" sit in front of high tech computers in outfits suited for robbing convenience stores. Because apparently someone smart enough to break into a bank account or steal credit card information isn't smart enough to cover over their webcam in the unlikely event it were compromised. Really? A black hoodie, sunglasses, and a face mask? Is this guy a hacker or afraid of catching MRSA?

Oh, sure, it's not as bad as asking if foam ear plugs are rubber bullets, but still. To have such ridiculous notions about computers and online crime, especially when the concept of hacking is many decades old, is mind-boggling. I suppose it's partially out of political correctness - in real life, the hacker is most likely to be Chinese, Russian, or Taiwanese (if not American).

Let's help the media out, shall we? It's 2014. What other outdated stereotypes can we dispose of?

That is all.


PJS said...

Mainstream media stereotypes? Let's see . . . . All white cops are racist, trigger-happy neanderthals?

Dave H said...

PJS: Cops? I thought those were TEA Party candidates.

Other news media stereotypes? Let's see.

All Olympic athletes overcame crippling emotional trauma, like the death of a beloved uncle or goldfish, to go on to be selected for the national team.

Reports from state-run news agencies are accurate and unbiased. Especially from places like China or Russia.

The mother of a young person killed while committing a crime is also unbiased as she describes what a good boy he is.

Everyone is racist except for people who dislike successful white people. Then they're warriors for social justice.

An opinion by any celebrity is as valid as the opinion of any medical doctor or scientist, and must be given equal coverage.

Matt Sorrell said...

Actually, I'm going to give them a pass on that graphic. Remember, they're trying to tell part of their story with that image. What is the first thought of the reader when they see it? If it's just some guy sitting a keyboard, it doesn't really fit the narrative effect of the story.

Yes, it's caricature and hyperbole, but as soon as you see it, your mind says "that's a bad guy at that computer", and it helps set the tone for the rest of the article.

Ted said...

Movie stars and other celebs are reliable sources of information. They have vast knowledge of technical and scientific topics just like the characters they play.

Geodkyt said...

I'm with Matt Sorrell. Artistic hyperbole to get the point across viscerally and instantly.

Sigivald said...

What Mr. Sorell said.

The image is not documentary, it's iconic.

Combine "computer" with "criminal", icon-wise, go.

I'm sure nobody on either side (publisher or reader) thinks for a second that 'hackers' dress like that, nor are they intended to be made to think so.

Chris said...

All journalists are unbiased fact-finders, tirelessly digging for objective information wherever the trail leads.

Morris said...

Chris wins the thread..