The word “True Crime” has been unanimously used in describing an actual event involving criminal acts, mostly in the context of brutality. Gone are the days when only a particular channel broadcasted cable shows late at night, describing a gruesome event with effects to keep the public entertained, and informed. With the arrival of social media and OTT, it's become super effortless to get news about despicable crimes being committed worldwide.
There seems to be a special inclination towards action, particularly violence which draws the attention of even the most cherry-hearted humans, as this act drives our mind into curiosity and long-lasting attention to the aftermath more so as an actual crime event is at the expense of a human life, The fact that a human life is at stake in a crime event awakens the inquisitive part of our minds, driving us to delve deep into the story with an insatiable hunger for every intricate detail.
Amidst the excitement of waiting for an update on a developing news story relating to crime or the anticipation of thrill left to be discovered on the next episode of a fictional series, the neglect of the emotions of unwarranted victims of the crime takes hold as little to no attention is paid to this group, who at most turn into a mere display of a damsel object.
In any context, whether a movie or a news story, the perpetrator always makes the cover of the incident, and their information is spread on the medium with artistic effects, which makes the viewers and readers drive more focus on the motive and their background, and thereby are stirred away from the suffering of the unfortunates.
When the average media consumer tunes into a movie based on a true event, or picks up a book falling under the true crime category, the inclination is to witness and read about the depiction of the act of crime, and how the whole thing unfolded chronologically, and THE END.
It's important to clarify that even though the victims are the ones who bring the case to a close, they are only given a condolence message by the content creator as a final gesture. This acknowledgment is simply meant to provide some comfort to the loved ones, but it falls short of truly addressing their needs and concerns. What if equal emphasis was placed on getting to know the victim's background and dedicating an additional 30 minutes into a series talking about the same, or honoring a sequence of chapters only addressing their legacy of whatever it might have left off.
Doing the above will have consumers make a paradigm shift from just satisfying their desired curiosity of the unexpected, to knowing more about the disastrous ending of innocent lives and how their loved ones are having to live amidst the whole thing. It’s bad enough to lose someone through natural causes, or unexpected events, but then having to know that the person who meant everything to you was ripped away of their existence with exorbitant cruelty, and how the last few moments must’ve been, would kill you little by little every day.
A study conducted by the International Review of Victimology stated that while over the succeeding years, the anger against the criminal or the event might dry out to a point, however, the same would rekindle to a greater outburst during special events such as holiday seasons, birthdays, or even criminal proceedings wherein they would be forced to relive unwarranted events of the occurrence.
Frequently, the family and friends of victims find themselves confronted with the harsh reality of being reduced to mere pawns in someone else's pursuit of wealth and success. While the victims themselves should be at the forefront of the narrative, it seems that society is more captivated by the glorification of the perpetrator, which draws in audiences and generates profit. This fascination with the killer's actions and the desire to explore the unknown creates an insatiable appetite for more thrilling and shocking content, leaving the victims' stories overshadowed and their lives seemingly devoid of significance.
Understanding this fact creates a divide between loved ones and society, as the key lies in establishing a supportive community that shares similar experiences and provides a genuine sense of belonging. This can only be achieved through mutual understanding of the pain, rather than fixating on the tragic event itself. When the media attention fades away and darkness sets in, individuals are left grappling with haunting thoughts of the event, replaying it in their minds with countless variations. This internal turmoil leads to immense distress and significant complications.
It is crucial for our society to go beyond the conventional approach of offering superficial support and instead take concrete actions to assist these vulnerable communities who will always carry the burden of devastating trauma. Those impacted by the loss should find solace in the fact that individuals with artistic talents can effectively navigate the delicate balance of "Freedom of Expression" while utilizing their skills to pay tribute to the unfortunate ones. Building a strong sense of community means creating a platform where people can openly express their grief without reopening old wounds and pouring salt on them.
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