By: Claudia Williams
On the evening of November 3, a woman by the name of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the whole thing was caught on film by a surveillance camera on a nearby building. The video shows Freeland being grabbed by a man and forced into his vehicle against her will, all while another car pulled up, watched the whole thing, and left without a word. The media source YouTube
and the Philadelphia PD channel is asking for the public’s help in identifying the unknown car, as well as the suspect involved in the actual abduction.
To us, YouTube is the place to go for music videos, movie trailers, or any sort of comical video used for pure entertainment. Since the website first came about in 2005, the site has only grown more popular, with some videos reaching over 600 million views. Due to the mass amounts of viewings a day, the Pennsylvania News Channel has gone straight to the media website for their number once source of help. The video of the abduction has reached well over 480 thousand views since just last night, and has been receiving other publicity from various news sites around the United States.
The video has been spread all over the states with the hopes of somebody recognizing the vehicle or the suspect involved in the abduction. The video was shown on television news casts since the incident happened last night, but the likeability for everyone viewing it is less due to the decline of viewers. Since 2007, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC news viewings have dropped an average of 11%, with The Nielsen Media Research data showing the biggest decline for MSNBC, which lost nearly a quarter (24%) of its audience.
With more people viewing the news via internet and their cell phones, the Philadelphia PD was smart about using YouTube for more publicity in order to help get the word out. The driver of the car which watched the whole thing has already been identified, and it has not even been 24 hours.
How do you feel about YouTube becoming a new prime news source used, on top the prime-time news watched on TV or even opposed to it? Do you think that this is going to be a new way of running things, and that internet news will possibly one day completely rule the news and how the public views it?