Monday, December 18, 2006

生命之年‧四

再說說校園的欺凌自殺問題。

11月,文部科學省收到小孩子的來信,「預告」自己會自殺,文部科學大臣伊吹文明不敢掉以輕心,召開記者會好言相勸,驚動全國。但記者會後,已發生兩宗自殺,不知是否有關。其後,又收到7封自殺信件,實在令伊吹頭也發痛。

社會上有的評論,將矛頭指向傳媒。認為在傳媒的渲染下,正在煩惱邊沿的孩子有樣學樣,以致自殺頻生。但換一個角度看,既然自殺頻生,傳媒沒有理由不報導。學生留下了遺書,說是受欺凌而自殺,傳媒也沒有理由隱瞞不報。

這實在是一個很值得討論的課題,傳媒對新聞事件到底造成多大影響?

我認識的很多傳媒朋友,都了解「the news is the message」,故意低調處理自殺新聞。一些個別自殺事件,如果對社會沒太大影響,會故意不報,避免「宣傳效應」。但遇上了連串學生自殺,以致震動社會,卻不能不照事實報導。這個矛盾,很難解開。

1 comment:

Nekomaniac said...

The deep-rooted superior-inferior interpersonal relationship is an important part in Japan culture. The Confucian values behind these relationships impose both rights and responsibilities to both parties. But when the superior party starts to abuse their authority and do not care for the inferior, then it becomes 'ijime'. Children do not understand the deep meaning behind this kind of superior-inferior relationship and will easily give way to growth of ijime. It is very sad indeed.