How do we stay safe in the visual age? Today it was reported that Arkansas anchor Anne Pressly from KATV (an ABC affiliate) died from injuries she sustained last week. She was discovered beaten in her home shortly before she was supposed to appear on “Daybreak” the station’s morning news program. At this time the authorities feel that this is a random attack, but are cautioning women to protect themselves. You can find more information on FoxNews.com.
Although at this time there is no evidence that this was a case of stalking it brings to my mind the case of Rebecca Schaeffer who was a successful television actress on the sitcom “My Sister Sam.” She was stalked and killed by Robert Bardo in 1989. I can’t help but wonder how dangerous it would be to constantly be in the media spotlight not because you are a celebrity, but because you are the reporter. How is a person supposed to protect themselves when their image has to be out there to become successful.
I am acquainted with a former local television personality and she has made the comment on more the one occasion how difficult it can be to be at the grocery store and people come up to you and want to chat because they know you from T.V. When you have to put forth this inviting, friendly personality for the camera it would be hard to dismiss those who expect you to be that way all the time.
On top of the stress of everyone wanting to be your friend, in most cases people (even psychos) can find out so much about you simply by knowing your name and having access to the Internet. All it takes is for one person to become obsessed and you could find yourself in quite a pickle.
As we become a more visually driven society there will be more and more anchors that are put in the spotlight that could risk their lives simply to bring us the daily weather report. Hopefully this is a concept that these individuals are aware of when they sign up for the position. Next thing you know news reporting will replace crab fishing as the most dangerous job.