Posted by Ann Marie Awad
on Aug 30, 2012 in Audios
| Comments Off on Afghanistan: 17 civilians beheaded
I was listening to WNYC Monday morning and heard a brief spot about 17 civilians being beheaded in Afghanistan for attending a dance party. The exact words I heard before running out the door to catch the train was something like: “17 Afghan civilians were beheaded in southern Afghanistan. Extremists said they were attending a dance party.” It sounded really shocking to me for obvious reasons, so I ended up looking up the story (appears here on NPR). Because I only heard the story mentioned in a brief news spot as opposed to a more in-depth newscast, I unfortunately didn’t get to hear how it was developed. However, if I could link this to the Transom reading on news spots, while the spot was very straightforward reporting, clearly and concisely worded, it created an image in my mind of how bad the conditions in Afghanistan still are. The spot mentioned Helmand, where the attack took place, was one of the most conflicted areas of the country, where insurgents hold the most power. So the image of 17 people being beheaded for attending a party is a good sense of just how bad things are. The radio story stayed in my head all day. While I continued to listen to WNYC throughout the week in search of other stories for this assignment, that’s the one that stuck with me, despite the fact that it was a spot no more than 45 seconds long. But again, as the reading suggested, a news spot can be more powerful than many...