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what an absolute bag of wank
i havent actually been on it
but come on
the 'pass on these stars for madeleine's safe return' text.
the logical side of me didnt want to pass it on, because it obviously wasnt going to make a bit of difference.
but i felt bad still....so i didnt pass it on and didnt delete it either.
i dont know of that text.
but the myspace thing now has 254000 friends or something.
obviously thats going to be a massive help.
not to say i dont approve of raising awareness.
it just seems a little... i dont know the word, its just strange to me.
there can be an element of 'shrining', where saddoes come out of the woodwork (encouraged by the media)and kind of live vicariously through it.
The biggest example was the death of Diana and the accompanying mawkfest. But it was also the same with Jamie Bulger and Holly Wells. And Maddy is another pretty little white girl who has left an iconic photo in a football shirt.
I'm sorry but bulletins like that make no difference and they annoy me.
The myspace itsself isn't such a bad idea like its been said it would raie awareness
a few of my friends have joined it, for, good karma? or something
the thing that annoys me is people saying ADD IT SO WE CAN FIND HER.
because if she knows ive added her as a friend she'll come running back.
I was unaware of the 'add it so we can find her'
thats exactly the kind of thing that annoys me.
but it still gets to me, i felt guilty for not passing it on.
I cannot stand to read any newspaper articles about it becuse it all seems so voyeuristic, so kind of factual entertainment (we watch fictional thrillers, detective mysteries horror etc)
I can really see no other purpose to the blanket high profile media coverage (unless it is suspected that she has been smuggled back to the UK)
I think that there are a lot of shallow warped people who like stirring up a storm of feeling because.........
used as kind of entertainment.
its turned into a perverse reality tv show, fueled by twisted princess diana style mass hysteria.
if it was a single mother who'd left their daughter to go to a restaurant rather than a married couple the tabloids would be tearing strips off the mom like she'd murdered her daughter herself.
it's really terrible that the kid has been kidnapped/gone missing but this whole media circus is so sick. give it a little while and the press will move onto showing pics of celebs falling out of cars drunk and no one will even remember what all the fuss was about, and that poor family will have to try and move on with this big whole in their family.
as the first fella who was held over the murders of the prostitutes in Ipswich and later released. Blanket coverage about him, his lifestyle and history on the 24 hour News channels, his face over every paper. The media in this country can be a fucking disgrace.
The tabloids have admitted he is probably innocent but then besmirch his reputation and ruin his life anyway. Fucks.
The express was making links with him and Ian Huntley !!
run with a picture of Madeline next to a picture of Diana?
it really is.
that if the myspace gets 5million friends they'll let her go.
but if they get 5 million and one friends within 48 hours they kill her.
post of the year
you sick puppy
the parents are trying to keep it in the public eye as much as possibly in the hope that someone will see her, remember something etc
its a long shot but i wholehearted support them soo even tho a myspace is obviously ridiculus - i am totally behind it.
the level of publicity in the UK though. presumably she's still in portugal or thereabouts. anyone know if it's being equally omnipresent over there?
but its what they want to do so more power to them.
i think it probably helps them in a small way even if the yields no results - just the knowledge that they have done everything that they possibly can - even things that are inherently useless
you cant blame them for what they want........although similarly I would understand if people whose loved ones have been hurt by others initially want vengeance.....that is also understandable......it doesnt mean that it is appropriate for the whole nation to agree with this.
(feuds, for instance, would never stop if the media got involved)
its not hurting anyone is it? this myspace thing is a bit stupid but wheres the harm?
they want it in the public eye for as long as poss - it doesn't hurt anyone (im not talking about this british suspect thing), and while i don't agree with this grief bandwagon jumping - if it raises awareness then fair enough.
im sure there is cynical motives at hand for some parties involved (newspaper circulation etc)but i don't think that this undermines the fact (to my knowledge) that the parents want this to be as big a story as possible and they are the only people who my concerns lie with.
for a second.
If it was my kid I'd be up the wall.
I was just wondering if there was equal coverage in portugal where it might be more directly useful.
i think it might be quite big - they have had celebrity appeals and stuff have they not?
as soon as it starts to fade from the news they will have to accept the worst and that must be very hard
hope she's found alive and well. But me adding myself to the myspace, or reposting bulletins, or passing on text messages, or wearing yellow ribbons isn't going to help find her. I had nothing to do with her abduction - I barely know where Portugal is and I have no information of any use to those trying to find her. Nor am I going to be guilted into doing any of this.
"DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING????" poster in the window.
my local tescos.
my local tescos in vauxhall.
my local tescos in vauxhall, south london.
my local tescos in vauxhall, south london, england.
DO you know anything?
We can address her how we like.
we feel her parents pain you see? we feel it.
telling us about that poster is helpful, maybe a little... TOO helpful.
He must be a socially-inept loner. Get him!
people with glasses are social freaks. let's get him!
"And it is this lack of social grace, more than anything, that makes her all-too-brief life—and its all-too-brief ending—all the more not-compelling and non-poignant in the eyes of a city and a nation"
Missing white woman syndrome (MWWS), also known as missing pretty girl syndrome, is a term coined by a number of media figures to refer to disproportionate media coverage of white female victims.
There is a perception among the American public that excessive news coverage is devoted to specific missing or murdered caucasian or "white" women and girls, especially blondes, while cases involving missing men, non-caucasian women, older or unattractive caucasian women, or other news stories receive disproportionately less airtime. Reporting of these "missing white woman" stories may last for weeks or months and displace reporting on other current events. Examples of excessive focus on missing caucasian women can be found worldwide. However, it has been most prevalent in U.S. media, particularly on 24-hour cable news channels.
 Similar terms were used earlier in several other print articles. Most notably, MWWS was the subject of an award-winning feature in Essence Magazine that same month, called "Have You Seen Her?" In this article, several missing African American women, most notably Tamika Huston of South Carolina, were profiled by journalist Kristal Brent Zook.
I just wish that that point was made instead when there wasnt much media coverage given to non mww a mbw, rather than now.
Every point that we try to make now seems slightly unsavoury.
I just wish the coverage would stop until they have some genuine news.
Chris Martin: We can't find that little Maddy, but we'll do the next best thing.
Natasha Bedingfield: We'll go on tv and sing, sing, sing.
Mika: We're sending our love, sending our love, sending our love OH YEAH.
Stansfield: I've been around the world and I, I, I...
That's evil, but brilliant
the more and more the media thrust this incident into mine and others faces, the more I find that in the absence of being able to do anything to help recover this poor little girl, or to find the abductee, I find that the unsavoury question of asking why would any parents leave their 3 year old and twin 2 year olds alone in a room 100 (not 40) yards away, raises its ugly head
Other unpleasent value judgements are considered by the public too.....like who highlights their 3 year olds hair?
These are obviously inappropriate things to consider at this time but the media is causing these things to be considered.
It is indicative of a responsibility free amoral media.
(unless its legislated for, or might affect profits/market share)
their two daughters exotic names such as Madeleine and Amelie and then christen their only son Sean.
If they weren't doctors, say if they were on welfare for example, I'm fairly sure they'd be (rightly?) vilified by the media. I hate the media!
yesterday, and it was the most horrifically stage-managed thing ever. The parents came bounding down the drive, tickling and laughing with their kids as they ran - all presumably to project the image of 'good parenting'. I suppose the idea is that people still have sympathy for the family, but it made me feel pretty uneasy.
'sad walk on beach' scene a few days ago?
though without kids. Probably left them on their own.
I agree. I think parents have a duty to give their children names from at least the same ethnic-national pool.
That name thing is the most retarded criticism I've seen yet of the parents! Well done!
only a retard would read into that comment seriously.
"I for one am fed up with this non-stop news coverage of 'Maddy'. For all we know she could have woken up in the night, decided she wanted to go swimming in the sea, forgot to pack her armbands, and drowned, in which case she's half way to Mexico now. I tell you, if Neil Warnock resigning isn't the lead story on the news tonight I'll be appalled."
I kidnapped her, I forgot until I saw the news/my emails/the internet.
there's a line between keeping a story in the public domain and a complete media/public hyperbolic circus and a lot of people are finding that the coverage is too much, too saturated, too sensationalised and too sentimental. I cannot blame the parents or family, in my position I'd be beside myself - but I (and probably many others) object to people who have nothing to do with Madeline thrusting their grief on me. Of course it's awful for the family, and a very sad story - but there is absolutely diddly squat I can do to help.
but there are a few comments on this thread that appear to be gunning for those who are actually involved.
most of those are tongue in cheek - but there's always the cuntish minority...
i think the mass media thing desensitises people a bit/ a lot, and gets people used to it enough that you can start making jokes and what have you.
i haven't got a tv and i don't really read the papers so i haven't really been swamped with all this excess of information. i don't even know what she looks like really.
as such, maybe i am a little bit offended by wise cracks than the majority of people.
up with the media circus....they make lots of us, all dirty. People then react not to the little girl going missing, which is terrible whatever her race or background or class, but to the amount and type of reporting/storytelling.
Journalism can definately be one of the seedier occupations, its really hasnt got any less sleazy
the media follows every twist and turn every blind alley they can get their hands on.....not when there actually is any news......they report these details of what has been reported or whatever so people can follow it as a story.....which is reprehensible.....they should shut up....give photos for id-ing if appropriate and say 'still no more news' untill either they find her or arrest someone.
You might have seen her and not know! Pull your finger out YOU'RE VITAL TO THE CASE.
his England debut all those years ago.
about how much you don't care than of the actual media. Admittedly I'm in a different country so can pick and choose what media I take in. You lot should try that.
the point ->.
you missing it -----------------------> :(
if we were able to avoid it, but you can't. It's the main story on every news programme, on the front page of every newspaper and website, everyone in every office I work in talks about it all the time. However, you could much more easily just avoid reading threads about it.
No, it's not.
the only time i haer about it is all you lot.
i don live in a little bubble of mass ignorance tho
don't live in Berkshire then.
I've probably been a bit of a cock over this, the media coverage (particularly the tabloids) is bordering on insane though. I do understand how serious, to those involved, the actual situation is though.
i don't read tabloids, i pick and choose what stories i read on the bbc news site. ignorance = bliss
i do live in a ...
i son't live in a....
i used to live in berkshire
pretty much spot on
a very good read
dont say that.
i know its probably true but it's just too horrid a thought.
articles are very good and seem to pretty well sum up the mood on this board / amongst the friends I know. Having said that, some of my colleagues have got caught up in the whole media frenzy which is unfortunate.
not becuase the thread is bad, just all this myspace shit it's disgusting
'not that i give a fuck about this kid'
i dont know madeline but how can anyone help not being concerned for her and hoping for her safe return? it's the natural human reaction to hearing about anyone in trouble. especially an obvious innocent.
"The McCanns will (rightly) rue their decision if Madeleine isn't found alive and well, not just because of the pain of losing a child, but because they'll know that she will have been crying for them and they didn't come and help her, and she won't have understood why."
93 groups about her on facebook! That's insane.
their headline today is 'when can i see my mummy'
Apparently an eyewitness in Morocco heard 'Maddy' say this (of course he knew it was Maddy because of her lovely eyes or something similar) and she must have been accompanied by a paedo, because she was seen at a petrol station with a bedraggled looking man.
I'm sure this lead of course needs to followed up, by why create such an exploitative headline out of it, just perpetuating fear and anger amongst meat-headed tabloid readers.
It makes me sick how newspapers were probably rubbing their hands together with glee at the news of a girl going missing, and the fact that they were supplied with photo's of her looking so sweet and innocent, well, they probably thought they'd won the lottery. Its vile.
would just let the family grieve. Mind you, the family themselves haven't exactly been shying away.
It's been over 2 weeks now, and there are very few clues, yet there is going to be a video of Madeline shown at Wembley today, during the Fa Cup Final. Do we really need this?
Also, each news bulletin for days now, seems to have been almost solely about "Maddy" and how nothing has happened. I don't like criticising the media in a situation like this, but the amount of coverage is ridiculous. People don't need to be reminded 24-7 to know what is going on.
ofcourse not. they want to keep madeline in the publics conscience.
but it's a shocking event as it is. Not something we're likely to just forget about.
but they want to make sure it is at the forefront of people's minds for as long as possible.