Example of Media "Weirdness" Re The Amish......

There are whole college courses devoted to deciding what makes a story "newsworthy."   Editors are professional journalists who've been trained to discern what is news and what is not.   On Monday a 17-year-old in western New York was cited for underage possession of alcohol.  Sheesh, can you imagine if the newspaper ran a story every time someone under age 21 was cited for alochol?  Wow, that's all that would be in the newspaper if that was the case!   Ah,  but this teen wasn't any ol' adolescent.  He was a 17-year-old Amish boy driving a buggy.  Under some definitions anything "different" is newsworthy.   But an Amish teenager drinking really isn't such an earth-shattering scoop.  We've talked a lot on this site about how Amish youngsters will sometimes spread their wings and push the church boundaries.  But some big city editors I guess just found the image of a sloshed young man driving a buggy irresistabe.  Check out this piece in the New York Post.  But, sheesh, the story didn't stop there, it even made the UK Guardian across the pond.  I just find that level of media coverage a bit disproportionate to the actual offense (not that I don't think driving a buggy while drunk is serious, it is...I just doubt it is newsworthy)

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   Because the Amish are different, they are always going to be newsworthy especially when something occurs that seems to be contradictory to the beliefs they espouse. As Christians, the Amish must realize that they are witnesses to the faith and every episode like the drunken teen, is seen by the world as hypocrisy. I know many Amish districts have come to terms with this, and have forbidden their teens to indulge in drinking and running around. The Bible says that Christians should have an"excellent" behavior so that others will not "slander you as evildoers." ( 1Peter2:12)

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Personally, I see it as another attack on religion... specifically, on Christianity.  ("SEE! They're not so great!")

We hear the dirt (even if half of it is made-up) on a "Miss" in a beauty pageant, if she's Christian and says something that takes a stand on her *personal beliefs*.

Same way with the "religious" Amish... drunken youth and sewage-dumping (NOT "green" enough! LOL) adults.

Other religions seem to be off limits.

*shrug*  Just my 2 cents...

 

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This just in........

Journalists caught drinking and writing at lunch. 

 

Nope, just doesn't sound like frontpage material to me. Next story...

Re: Example of Media "Weirdness" Re The Amish......

Good one, Tom!!! Laughing

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I liked the part about how the police are "cracking down", since an Elders property was vandalized.  No, not really newsworthy...   

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I think the media picks on the Amish kids because they're "different". Kids will be kids, no matter what their religion. I agree, it isn't really newsworthy. Gotta love reporters......

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