Below are two pieces of news, one from 1920 and the other from 2013. Almost a century apart, news coverage of the same topic, a bomb which has blasted, has some differences and many similarities.
Detroit, June 18, 1020 — County Building Shaken, Windows Shattered and Hundreds Panic-Stricken, ‘Purple’ Gang Suspected. A devastating blast which injured twelve county employees, two seriously, shattered the Wayne County Building to its foundation this afternoon is believed by police to have been another attempt at intimidation of the courts by sympathizers with the “Purple” gang, nine members of which are now on trial on charges of conspiracy to extort. “The dynamite bomb evidently was intended for the Municipal Courts Building, where the ‘Purples’ are on trial,” Police Inspector John T. Doyle of the First Precinct declared, “but as usual in such cases some stranger was hired to plant the bomb and probably mistook the county building for the City Courts building. “It is a miracle no one was killed. The bomb was a powerful one. If it had exploded in the confined space of the rest room instead of in the courtway, I believe it would have wrecked the building and killed many persons.” The explosion occurred at about 2:50 o’clock. The bomb was left in a the men’s room on the first floor and was found by Frank Stolpa, a constable, who tossed it into the areaway in the centre of the building and was trying to extinguish it with water when it exploded. ONE MAY LOSE AN EYE. Stolpa and Arthur Vercrusse, another constable, who also helped in the efforts to extinguish the bomb, were struck in the face by flying glass and bits of iron from the bomb and taken to Receiving Hospital for treatment. Vercrusse, according to the physicians, may lose the sight of his right eye.
Syria, October21,2013: Syrian regime hits school with ‘vacuum bombs’ designed to kill civilians
The Syrian regime is using “vacuum bombs” to target civilians, it has emerged, as a team of disarmament experts arrived in Damascus Tuesday to dismantle the country’s chemical weapons stocks.
The fuel-air explosive bombs detonate high in the air, creating a vacuum and spraying out a cloud of fuel that ignites to create a second blast wave. They were used in an attack on a school in the northern rebel-held city of Raqqa on Sunday, killing 14 people.
“Body parts were scattered all over the place,” a lawyer who arrived on the scene minutes after the blast told Human Rights Watch. “They were just shreds, not full bodies, just pieces.”
Yes, bombs injure lots of people, and bombs made news back in 1920 and in 2013.
Back in those days, bombs were found rarely and when in effect, media framework was not as quick to react as these days. This is quite understandable with the development of technological tools in the media, facilitating fast journalism. However, there are some interesting differences worth analyzing.
Unfortunately, every passing day, scientists and bomb professionals make bombs more and more dangerous and effective. Day by day, technology of bomb is in progress and that threatens the whole wide world. But reactions of the media to bombs is much more detailed nowadays in the sense that although it is not accepted as a means to an end, media has a detailed coverage for the reasons of the bomb or reservations for ideologies. Back in those days, people’s voice of freedom was not considered at all. Bombs were reported as a one-off event, with all its details, but not in an all-encompassing manner, covering the political background of the bombings.
An additional point is that even though both of these articles about bombs have given the priority to the injured people, the contemporary one has a lot more gory language with explicit words on ‘’body parts’’ etc. It is a reflection of how the media reader has gotten accustomed, and in way got calloused, to the gruesome discourse present in daily news.