Our View

Nov 142004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

First there was Nicole Simpson. Then there was JonBenet Ramsey. And now Laci Peterson.

All these people died tragic and horrible deaths. But the other similarity among them is that the investigations and trials after their deaths were overly hyped and publicized in the media.

Every day, four women die because of domestic violence, according to the National Organization for Women. Each of these deaths is tragic. Each of these deaths is horrible.

But we never hear about them.

There are a multitude of likely reasons for this. Simpson, Ramsey and Peterson were all wealthy, attractive, prominent in their communities and Caucasian.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths were mysterious, which is part of the reason they garnered so much media attention, but they are not alone.

The media circus each created was overblown and unnecessary.

Not that the Collegian is innocent of overplaying and sensationalizing stories. Today's page five has a story about Scott Peterson's conviction for his wife's death.

But it's the chicken or the egg question.

Do the media over-hype these types of stories because people really want to read about them? Or do people care more about these types of stories because they hear about them so much in the media?

Where does it start? Where does it end?

It's a vicious cycle.

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