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Balloon Boy?

The coverage of the the kid who everyone thought was lost in a balloon has been obnoxious, and so I apologize in advance for adding to that cacophony.

I am curious about where this whole mess might lead though.

When the story was first unfolding, every media outlet jumped on top of it and followed it non-stop.

Then it turned out that the boy wasn’t in the balloon at all. It should have become a non-story then, but continued to dramatize most newscasts for the next while.

Now it comes out that the whole thing was a hoax. So we’re left with an interesting quandary here.

Did it come out as a hoax because of all of the media coverage? Would this family have been found out if many of the major media outlets had ignored the story instead of keeping us on “balloon watch” once the child had been found? Does that justify the obnoxious constacoverage put in place by network and cable television?

I don’t know the answer to that.

I do know that there is something very distressing about a family being so desperate for the 24/7 attention brought by Western-style media that they would do something like this.
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2 comments

1 Ashraf { 10.23.09 at 2:49 pm }

Man, true. I never thought of the role the media played in hyping up the story so that it became such a large-scale hoax.

however, the parents had apparently staged it, so it’d be a hoax regardless of media right?

2 Ashraf { 10.27.09 at 2:36 pm }

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