Big Media: Tangled Up In Cable and Might


MARTA’s own Soulja Gal has been turned-in to authorities. By her family. From the SandraRose blog:

The 25-year-old woman who was videotaped verbally abusing a senior citizen on a Marta train is in custody in the DeKalb County jail charged with disorderly conduct.

Soulja Girl’s sister and baby daddy called into the Ryan Cameron Showon V-103 today. Soulja Girl’s sister told Ryan that her sister was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder 5 years ago and the incident on the train was the result of her sister not taking her meds.

She said Soulja Girl was turned into police by their mother yesterday and she is being held on $300 bail.

Yes, MARTA Gal was off her meds. Way off. Her behavior in the video was a classic manic depressive meltdown episode. Albeit with a unique, urban-tinged sheen to it. Shame so many wanted to shoot her down like a rabid dog and ask questions later. She needed help. Right then and there.

Lord knows what her condition is now, since it’s over 30 days after that manic display. I just hope she’s getting help. Her family loves her very much and wants her to get well. They make that quite clear in this interview they gave yesterday to V-103’s Ryan Cameron.

Since I’m a media expert and not a psychiatrist, the way this story is playing out in today’s media is fascinating. It was on fire on the Internet, blogs and most urban media. Someone said a link to the video was on Drudge, in red, at some point yesterday. Then it mysteriously vanished.

Only one local news outlet, WSB-TV, reported the story on its website and their evening broadcasts, but they were way behind the story. By the time WSB was saying MARTA had issued a warrant for Soulja Girl’s arrest, she was in Dekalb County jail. As of 10:06am on Saturday May 10, WSB’s website hadn’t even updated their website with news of the arrest, let along an interview with family.

At last view, I’ve yet to see this critical, viral news situation on CNN or Fox or any nets. Anyone seen it there? As for our hometown rag, well… let’s just say they’ve got decor-related issues to work. Who needs riveting, news-y, breaking issues playing out under our noses when there’s a Crawford, TX wedding to pimp-out?!

As for bloggers and alt media CL, you can give yourselves a much-deserved pat on the back for recognizing news as it plays-out on the Internet, and how to report it. Sometimes it boggles the mind how Big Media absolutely FAILS to tap the power of a lowly DSL connection. Who can surf and react when tangled-up in all that cable and might?

HINT TO BIG MEDIA: If you missed the breaking stuff, there is still a huge media sub-story, at least one, just lying there on the Interwebs for you to mine. I’ll give you a clue: check the YouTube site for how urban kids are using personal technology to respond to media and news. And no, I’m not going to link your lazy ‘ho ass to it. You’ll actually have to work the Interwebs yourself for once.


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