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Suicide picture in today's Times


Sabreur 9 767 England
5 Jan 2006 5:21AM
Has anyone else seen the picture in today's Times which shows a woman in mid air after she jumped from a London hotel window?

I'm not sure what the paper is trying to achieve by printing the picture - most of can imagine what someone falling to their death looks like, without needing the picture.

It looks like they've printed it just because they can, rather than because it adds something to the story.

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Glamrox 10 304 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 5:24AM
Not seen it but to answer

Quote:I'm not sure what the paper is trying to achieve by printing the picture


To sell more copies ~ its as simple as that.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
5 Jan 2006 5:29AM
Story here , but no pic on the online version of the Times.

I can recall pics of people in mid-air while jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Centre on 9/11. So nothing novel about this.
elowes 10 2.8k United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 5:33AM
The sole purpose is to sell papers, telling us real news comes second and telling the truth and nothing but the truth too often comes third.

Sad thing is without the image a suicide is a none news event unless it is some one well known. Who cares?
LAF 11 1.7k
5 Jan 2006 5:44AM

Quote:I'm not sure what the paper is trying to achieve by printing the picture


Then why print any pictures of anything at all?

Visual media carries more immediate impact than print alone, it's that simple.
foxybrown 9 368
5 Jan 2006 5:47AM
here we go again some one moaning about the subject of death and taste. so what if they printed a picture of some one plunging to their death? you dont want to see it then go bury your head under the sand, that picture of a woman falling will probably say a lot more than a thousand words.

sick and tired of this bbc style journalism where everything is nice and romantic, eg when talking about war they'll show images of fighter jets and men marching - you dont have to be einstien to work out its totally the opposite. i'd rather see the gruesome images of brains splattered over walls and guts strewn across the streets that is a real depiction of war and this kind of image is likely to change peoples opinions in a protest/campaign.

death is painful and nasty - i suggest people grow up and stop being so childish about this issue. next time they talk about death and war on the news they better put some pretty pictures of flowers and people hugging each other to not offend *sensitive* people like you
skeletor 11 1.6k England
5 Jan 2006 5:54AM

Quote:Here we go again some one moaning about the subject of death and taste. so what if they printed a picture of some one plunging to their death? you dont want to see it then go bury your head under the sand, that picture of a woman falling will probably say a lot more than a thousand words.

sick and tired of this bbc style journalism where everything is nice and romantic, eg when talking about war they'll so images of fighter jets and men marching - you dont have to be einstien to work out its totally the opposite. i'd rather see the gruesome images of brains splattered over walls and guts strewn across the streets that is a real depiction of war and this kind of image is likely to change peoples opinions in a protest/campaign.

death is painful and nasty - i suggest people grow up and stop being so childish about this issue. next time they talk about death and war on the news they better put some pretty pictures of flowers and people hugging each other to not offend *sensitive* people like you



That's one point of view...I s'pose.
jimbo_t 11 959 England
5 Jan 2006 6:01AM
The Times is slow, the good old sun had this yesterday!!!
Jim
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 6:02AM
I have mixed views. In one way it feels like an intrusion of privacy, does it rob the person of dignity? In another it happened in a public space and it is news and part of life.

But what would the poor people left behind feel. Suicide often leaves them feeling bad, even if the did no wrong. Does this add to their burden.

Its a hard life impaled on the fence.
Sabreur 9 767 England
5 Jan 2006 6:10AM

Quote:Here we go again some one moaning about the subject of death and taste. so what if they printed a picture of some one plunging to their death? you dont want to see it then go bury your head under the sand, that picture of a woman falling will probably say a lot more than a thousand words.

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next time they talk about death and war on the news they better put some pretty pictures of flowers and people hugging each other to not offend *sensitive* people like you



I think you're reading more into my post than I put into it. I didn't say anything about being shocked or not wanting to see the picture, or saying it was tasteless.

I asked to see what other people's views were of the use of the picture.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
5 Jan 2006 6:12AM
If someone commits suicide in such a public way, perhaps they don't mind the public seeing the event - or pics of it.

I'm not a shrink so that's just a guess!
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 6:13AM
In a way I would like to see reporting of war that is more realistic then people might not be so keen to have them. As for the suicide I have no problem with the shot....but then I am not a relative of the person who died.
skeletor 11 1.6k England
5 Jan 2006 7:40AM

Quote:In a way I would like to see reporting of war that is more realistic then people might not be so keen to have them.


I don't think any sane person/nation is keen to have a war. Unfortunately through history there have been times when it has been unavoidable.
PeterLondon 10 366
5 Jan 2006 7:46AM
Did anyone happen to notice from the picture credit of it was shot by a pro or by a citizen journalist with a camera phone?
UserRemoved 10 4.2k
5 Jan 2006 7:46AM

Quote:most of can imagine what someone falling to their death looks like, without needing the picture.


Most people have no idea what death looks like.

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