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The head found in Angrignon Park was indeed that of Jun Lin and the Gazette adds that there are no further remains to be located.
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Hopefully this will give his poor parents some relief, albeit slight that it is.
The Libor banking scandal will cause a lot more misery than this one freakish crime. And yet Libor banking doesn’t have its own section in the Toronto Star, whereas Luka does.
International news never gets the space that local/national news does, qatzelok, and there are a number of reasons for that. Give it time, and editors will have to make space for your story I suspect. I know it led the CBC national radio news I listened to this morning.
But anyway, isn’t this thread about the Jun Lin murder?
You’re not a mod, Josh. Why are you trying to manage this thread?
@ Josh: “International news never gets the space that local/national news does”
Is this why climate change and war atrocities don’t get as much coverage as a single murder? Because these things are international and thus, don’t interest our provincial friends? Or is it mass media that finds “freak does bad” stories more interesting than “capitalism is bad” stories?
qatzelok, part of your answer is simpler and less open to paranoia. Local news covers local issues. If I want to read about climate change, war atrocities, the Libor scandal, etc., I don’t usually turn to La Presse, le Devoir or the Gazette (although I might occasionally read commentary on such issues in local media).
I’ll turn to the BBC, the New York Times, and other major international media players when I want a picture of a big international story. I don’t need local journalists to waste their time rewording them for me. In fact, I want the local journos to focus on the local scene: Quebec stories, city stories, even borough-level issues. I can’t find stories about those things from Reuters (unless something’s lurid enough to hit the wires, like a grisly murder).
It’s normal for a story like the killing of Jun Lin, because it happened here, to get a fair bit of attention here too. But why should our media put their efforts into duplicating what international media have already done? This is the internet age. The stories are out there. Begin with Google News.
So off-topic comments are now permitted then, Kate? Or am I missing some connection between a European banking scandal and Jun Lin?
And to further respond to qatzelok, part of the reason is simple resources. The Toronto Star has ample resources to cover most of the Jun Lin story, but have only a single foreign correspondent and aren’t exactly known for their business reporting. Yet you think they should be trying to tackle a massive European banking scandal?
Josh, you’re pushing me to outline detailed rules on this blog, but I’m not interested in that. Please stop acting like a forum mod, it’s getting tedious.
Kate, the Libor scandal also “happened here” in the sense that RBC is one of the banks being investigated, and the fallout will impoverish Montrealers as this fraud by Barclays (and friends) involves trillions of dollars of international capital.
Likewise, the Luka story isn’t really local. There’s nothing “Montreal” about decapitating your ex. This could have happened virtually anywhere and – more importantly – only affects a small number of people. Also, spreading around a story like this one has the effect of normalizing this kind of behavior. Mass media is causing more atrocities with its non-stop Luka coverage, but doesn’t care because all they care about is more profit.
OK, but would it be better to have hushed up the Luka story? Even if you could or should, once he fled and there was an international manhunt, there would simply have been no way to keep a lid on that.
@ Kate: “would it be better to have hushed up the Luka story?”
In my opinion, yes. It’s not like some Gazette reader nabbed him because of the coverage. And the public can’t really “learn” anything from this story except to be wary of weird people. And in times like ours, weird people are our only hope.
Let me see if I understand your position. What do you think should happen if there’s a murder? What if there’s a danger from someone who has killed and is not identified or caught yet?
I think I understand why you think grisly murders should be downplayed, but under the rule of law you can’t hush them up. If you kill someone, the act moves into the realm of public knowledge because the trial is prosecuted by the crown in public – and I think it should be. You’d prefer secret trials?
And I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that people are interested in murder. Of course we are. That’s why there’s an entire genre of books, movies and TV devoted to the murder mystery. It doesn’t mean we’re morbid, it’s just a fascination with marginal acts most of us will never commit. And then someone comes along and acts out something more lurid than most TV – and you think the media could be convinced not to talk about it?
It would be far, far worse if the details were hushed up and then leaked out and passed around as rumours. No. Something like this happens, it has to be looked at and aired out. Then it can be put aside till the next atrocity occurs.
@ Kate: “And I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that people are interested in murder.”
People aren’t interested in murder. Mass media puts murder (and all kinds of other low-culture stim) in their faces to keep them distracted from all the banking rip-offs and wars for resources. The media tells its audience that it is dumb and easily amused by simple moral tales. And the isolated suburban audience has no choice but to believe this about itself.
The media have an “Amy Winehouse”ing effect on the working class, keeping them dumb and scared.
I guess that’s what Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were trying to do with all that tragedy? Shakespeare and Marlowe were just distracting the public from the peccadilloes of the Tudors? Racine, doing a little misdirection for Louis XIV?
In the computer game Civilization, when your citizens become unhappy, you can create entertainers and this can avoid a revolution. Most fiction – even the “good” stuff – plays this role. But at some point, you’ve got to overthrow your oligarchy or you’re finished.
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