Criticism of media attention on Holloway case
4 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — As the disappearance of US teen Natalee Holloway remains unresolved on the Dutch autonomous island of Aruba, the media attention on the case remains constant.
4 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — As the disappearance of US teen Natalee Holloway remains unresolved on the Dutch autonomous island of Aruba, the media attention on the case remains constant.
But people who seek information on the case via the Google search engine are in for a shook.
A search for "Natalee Holloway" returns 357,000 results. The first result is an opinion editorial entitled "Fuck Natalee Holloway" on website Website Kuro5hin.
The author — who uses the name "gbd" — has chosen the offensive title to draw attention to the amount of media attention the Holloway case has generated.
"Based on the amount of coverage that this story has received from the national media (Fox News in particular), one must draw the conclusion that this is a Very Important Issue, and that all Americans should care very deeply and personally about it," gbd writes.
"I must confess that I do not," the author writes.
The official missing person alert, which offers a USD 1 million dollar reward "for information leading to her safe return" comes second on the Google ranking of results.
While conceding Holloway's disappearance on 30 May is tragic, gbd adds: "What makes Natalee Holloway more important than, say, Reyna Alvarado-Carerra?"
"Reyna is a 13-year-old Hispanic girl who is believed to have been abducted by a stranger in Norcross, Georgia. She was abducted just a few weeks before Holloway. A Google search on her name yields a grand total of 6 results," gbd writes.
In the US alone, more than a million people are reported missing each year. The majority of these cases involve minors.
The author criticises the "veritable cornucopia of Natalee fever" in the US media and the fact "Dutch Marines and special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" have been called in to look for her.
The author was spurred the essay because of the reports Holland had sent three F-16 jets, equipped with special cameras, to help search for her.
Many readers have reacted negatively to gbd's "treatise" and Kuro5hin has set up a separate section for the hate email it has generated.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Natalee Holloway