By Ren LaForme
The big news around campus this week, ironically enough, is about The Spectrum.
On Monday, the paper printed a full-page image of a couple engaging in a sexual activity on the front page of the paper’s sex issue. The image is crude, it is in-your-face and, in my own opinion, it crossed a line.
There are tasteful ways to catch people’s attention through sex. Other newspapers have printed photos similar to this one for their sex issues, and they caused controversy, but none of them seem to be as explicit as the one The Spectrum chose to print.
Photos cause controversy in newspapers all over the world every day. They’re the most vivid aspect of any story, and they’re supposed to catch people’s attention.
But they should also provide substance, and that’s the big problem with this image.
It’s there for shock value. It’s there so people will pick up the paper. But it doesn’t offer anything.
Keeley and I were both out of town when the newspaper staff decided to run this picture. We were gone when they decided to dedicate the whole front page to it. Our names are not on this edition of The Spectrum.
Since then, we’ve both taken a lot of flack from other editors for not supporting the paper as it faces the fallout from this photo.
But should we have to walk in lockstep with the paper now, even though we both find the image to be tasteless and were not involved at all?
Should we be allowed to speak out? After all, isn’t that what journalism is all about?
Should the paper have printed the image in the first place? Should it have been so prominent?
I don’t know the answers to these questions. But I do know where I stand.
I refuse to support this edition of The Spectrum.