Friday, May 02, 2008

Interrogating Headlines

Doesn't that sound very academic and studied? I'm chiming in to Suzie's earlier post.

Imagine that there was a gruesome murder story about cannibalism, about someone who kept the victims in a cave until ready to be eaten. Would the headline about it be something like:

Austria searches soul after gourmet meal dungeon

Yet this is an actual headline about the Austrian rape-incest case:

Austria searches soul in sex dungeon aftermath

And do check out this post by Shakespeare's sister, on the trivialization of issues having to do with violence against women.