Beauty Queen ~ 美姐

A beauty queen with a criminal record. This has been big news since she won the beauty pageant. Everything about her is news now, from terrible pronunciation to credit card fraud to her Bipolar Disorder。

Ever since this news broke, she has been the target for the media. And most of the reported news is negative news. The reputation and future of a 19-year-old girl is on tenterhooks.

Most people had been through those youthful devil-may-care days. Some people have it tougher than the others whereas some people have a shorter period of rebellion.

19 years is not a long time. The social experiences of a 19-year-old might not be a lot. Even though we are currently living in an information overload society with increased chances of experiencing new things within a short period of time, this does not translate automatically to a rapid maturity in handling issues.

With the media reporting this issue aggressively, it seemed like they are ruthlessly sentencing this girl to a life-sentence. Perhaps the girl had been tactless and offensive in handling media previously. But she is still young with a long road ahead. Those reports might seem to run for just a couple of days and people have short memories anyway. However, we have to consider the fact that in the digital age, information lives forever in servers all over the world.

With this, regardless how hardworking she might be next time, as long as one has an internet connection and types in her name in a search engine, all these past reports would come up in a matter of seconds. Who is going to give her a second chance then? To do this to a 19 year old, isn’t that too cruel?

Perhaps she didn’t care about all these now. I am young anyway. I have the capabilities and abilities to do so. Report for all you want! Negative reports are better than having zero coverage! However, what happens when you are no longer youthful and no longer in the IN age?

Shu Qi is someone who had been-there-done-that. Once upon a time, she had used her youth and beauty in exchange for fame and wealth. In the end, when she finally received recognition for her acting, she tearfully declared, “I am going to put back on(metaphorically) the clothes I had shed.” When she was putting on those clothes that she had once shed, who saw her hard work and tears?

The media did such an intense coverage mostly because of the competitive information, to create greater hype and of course, to bring up the circulation numbers. The person concerned is more than happy to oblige anyway! But to cover news of this nature with such intensity, may I ask: what is the meaning to it? As a form of warning or to encourage youngsters to create as much trouble as possible so that they would be able to receive some form of media coverage, never mind that it is negative reporting? The media would be glad to entertain such media coverage anyway!

Mass media is a very competitive industry, especially in the information age. However, for a headline that might increase the circulation for a few days, it is worthwhile to ruin someone’s life, contributes nothing socially and is of no education value? What’s the point?

美姐之前犯过罪,在她获美姐宝座后,一一被揭发。从让人们觉得上不了大场面的英文发音到后来被揭发曾经涉及诈骗案与患有躁郁症(Bipolar Disorder)。

自事情暴露以后,她就一直是媒体追踪报道的人物,报道也以负面为主。一个只有19岁的女孩似乎就此名誉扫地。

大多数人都有年轻痴狂的时候。有些人痴狂得比别人严重些,有些人痴狂的时间较短。

19年不长。一个19岁的女生能有的社会经验也未必很多。虽然说现在咨询发达,人们接触层面比以前广,有机会看到的事物比以前多,但是处事的成熟度仍然是有不同的。

媒体如此地大肆报道,就好像要狠很地把这女生判终生徒刑一样。或许这女生任性了,途中得罪人,不过她接下来要走的路还很长。那份报纸的寿命表面上看起来可能就是一两天让人读读就算了,可是在现代咨询爆炸的时代,报道中的资料可是会被备入全球的许多电脑主机。

这么一来,将来不管她如何努力,人们只要一到网络上找一找她的名字,这些“旧帐”全都会在一两秒钟内被全盘拖出,好无保留。这样对付一个19岁的少女,不会太残忍了吗?

可能当事人本身也不在乎这些。反正我还年轻,有本钱,要报道就报道吧!负面新闻总比没新闻来得好!可是那一天,当你不年轻,也不在拥有青春美貌的本时,要怎么办呢?

舒qi就是一位走过来的人。她曾经利用年轻貌美的本钱来做“投机”,结果得在获奖的时候哭着说:“我要把脱掉的衣服,一件件地穿回来。”。她在“穿”回衣服时所付出的努力与流下的辛酸泪水又有多少人知道呢?

媒体会如此地大肆报道多半是为了炒新闻、搞热气氛,多卖几份报纸吧!反正当事人本身也乐于配合。不过这新闻发出去之后,又有什么社会意义呢?是要充当负面教材还是鼓励人们尽量有反社会行为来换取版页,反正只要是能登报出名,谁管是什么原因?媒体也乐得“应酬”那些有这种观念的人?

媒体是一个非常竞争的行业,尤其是在现在这种咨询爆炸的时代。但是为了几天的头条新闻不但间接毁了一个人的一生又忙着跑几天没教育意义又没社会意思的新闻,这又何苦呢?

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