A critique of CNN's crass advertising practices capitalizing on video of people dying in the Miami Beach plane crash.

Previous bits of vid-criticism: Welcome to the Future, Paris Hilton Remix

December 20, 2005 at 03:03 AM in Vlog | Permalink


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That's just really innapropriate and thoughtless. Seriously, I think the media is turning into robots. How could this not sound off some bells - with someone - anyone...

Posted by: Zadi at Dec 20, 2005 4:45:12 AM


It is times such as these when there is a plane crash that CNN gets the eyeballs.

You want them to not show ads?

Your being a little naive.

CNN is a business not an art form.

Tabloid TV

But you know all that, Right?

Posted by: ZuDfunck at Dec 20, 2005 7:57:44 AM

So what else is new ? Movie theatres sold popcorn to people watching the Hindenburg crash during newsreels. Vietnam was brought to you by General Motors. Katerina coverage by McDonalds.
Consumerism & violence. The Great Americam Media Combo Platter. It's mmMMMM Good !!

Posted by: joe at Dec 20, 2005 9:41:55 AM

A pet peeve of mine is when they label the video as "Amateur crash video" and "Amateur video."

When USA Today reports, "A man on the beach filmed the crash and provided the tape to CNN."

I'm interested in "the man on the beach" story.

Talk about greedy networks. Big media usually gives the amateur videographer a token amount and then make tons of cash surrounding that video with ads.

Posted by: Steve Garfield at Dec 20, 2005 10:13:01 AM

CNN is a business

Exactly. That's why we don't watch CNN. Today, news doesn't need to be about Dodge Rams; it can actually be about news, and the more people that get that message the better.

And just think - today, Man on the Beach didn't need to go to CNN with his video. 5 years ago, he hardly would've had any other other choice besides keeping it to himself. Now (if only he had known), there are hundreds of places he could've posted it, and the networks probably would've picked it up anyway except this time, they wouldn't be able to use it to make the deaths seem so insignificant.

Posted by: BJHokanson at Dec 20, 2005 10:35:01 AM

right. see, this is why i worry about the economy of citizen photo/video.
i have more to say but have to go to work. :-)

ZudFunck, I'm not being naive. I'm using what little influence I have to shame CNN and pressure them, in the marketplace. That's my right and indeed my duty as a news consumer to say "THIS IS OFFENSIVE."

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 20, 2005 10:47:49 AM

You're implying that's the only video on their site that has a commercial on it. CNN has a system that places commercials in front of all their videos, automatically. I do understand what you're talking about-- not happy with having to watch a commercial before you can watch a plane plunging to it's watery grave. ;-) But hey, we pay for our free TV that way and we'll pay for our free "E-TV" that way too.


Posted by: Nerissa at Dec 20, 2005 5:16:35 PM

Chuck, you aint vlogging enough dude. We need more of this stuff. Well, not truck commercials wrapping deaths, but more of your, like, stuff.

Posted by: Richard BF at Dec 20, 2005 7:32:39 PM

I don't know Nerissa... personally, I don't plan on watching anything with a 2:1 ad to content ratio, unless it's some pretty damn good content. It's probably in part due to my stubbornness, but if that's the way video has to be, I'll be perfectly content to trade it all for a few decent books.

Posted by: BJHokanson at Dec 20, 2005 10:29:35 PM

okay, a bit more.

yes, i know this is the way it's always been and the way it is.
it's the model online and offline. trust me, i know.

i'm saying it doesn't have to be this way, when the video actually shows the event of people dying. must we accept excuses having to do with technology or business models? no. human life is sacred - CNN doesn't need to profit on *this particular video*.

i'm demanding that we question the way things have always been.

i'm demanding that we fooking evolve!

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 20, 2005 10:33:34 PM

okay i'm off my high horse now. :-)

this will probably bite me in the ass some day,
on some video i have with ads. i like to think not though.

Richard BF: i'm vlogging constantly, just at mnstories.com. but i do want to get back to doing stuff here in the secret vlog hideout. gosh i've missed you guys over here.

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 20, 2005 10:38:47 PM

that's all i have the brain power to write
we are evolving
cold fingers type this to you chuck

Posted by: ryanne at Dec 22, 2005 11:36:26 PM

That really is profoundly disturbing, but still somehow unsurprising.

Posted by: Josh K at Dec 24, 2005 1:18:06 AM

you have been ReVlogged:


Posted by: ryanne at Jan 2, 2006 9:29:55 PM

This reminds me of the Book Ways of Seeing- by John Berger. Thanks. Makes me wonder if it was intentional or not.

Posted by: Francisco Daum at Jan 3, 2006 2:39:20 PM

This reminds me of the Book Ways of Seeing- by John Berger. Thanks. Makes me wonder if it was intentional or not. (sorry about the doublepost)

Posted by: Francisco Daum at Jan 3, 2006 2:43:08 PM

welcome to America. -it's just like how on Desperate Houswives there was a 3 second gay kiss and christian fundamentalists freaked out -and yet the murder, adultery, suicide, never had a complaint -but once it gets gay and harming NO ONE, it's suddenly an issue. I know how you feel when you're disgusted.


Posted by: taxiplasm at Jan 10, 2006 5:10:08 PM

Good Vlog!

Posted by: Vlog Ranking at Jan 26, 2006 8:48:35 AM

I think that the disgusting part is the fact that many see CNN as a reputable news source, and they "sandwich" that garbage in between so the proletariat have to watch. I'm glad I can't afford cable.

Posted by: Dan at Feb 1, 2006 6:32:14 PM

I gotta say some of you people might possibly be stupid. First of all this little clip could possibly have had another commercial air after the story. In Dodge's defense, we don't really know because this clip was pieced together and the following commercial may have been for maxi pads.... Maybe someone just bought a bum Dodge? Even if this is the actual commercial following that story, Dodge buys time on CNN people. It's not Dodge's fault. Shame on CNN? They sell air time to companies to fund themselves and or make money! Duh? If Legos bought time and CNN showed a commercial right after a story of a child molestor, would you blame CNN or Legos? I wouldn't even have time to sit there and get offended, in fact who would even notice? Commercials are for getting off your fat asses anyway. Bravo to those who have better things to do than gasp at ridiculous things!

Posted by: Brundlefly7 at Aug 30, 2006 6:56:21 PM