One of the harsh realities of the democratization of media is that everyone can get that global distribution online, whether they are hate groups or terrorists. So what is a news organization to do? NBC received a videotape from Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, who killed 32 people on campus on Monday in a bloody rampage. Blogging pioneer Dave Winer says NBC should release the entire contents of the tape as downloadable QuickTime files online. “[NBC is] sifting through them and deciding what to release and what not to release,” he wrote. “It’s 2007, and it’s a decentralized world. We should all get a chance to see what’s on those videos.” So far, NBC and other networks have been showing limited parts of the video, and even pulling back on showing it in the face of protests. What do you think NBC should do? Should they put the whole thing online? Where do you draw the line on objectionable material, and when does it start to glorify the killings? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll run the best ones in the next Your Take Roundup.
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