Recently I've seen several people posting comments on others' links, such as "I don't know why you keep sharing these gruesome things;" "I'm going to un-friend people who keep posting this stuff;" "I can't take all these notices about these horrible things - why don't you post happy things?" We've had people ask about this website "I'm not going to see violent pictures, am I?"
I understand the sentiment. In today's society, with cable and satellite TV, internet at our fingertips in our phones, social networking sites, etc, etc, we are constantly bombarded with information. Good, bad, accurate, and outright lies. It's hard to look upon the twisted, bloodied bodies of victims and see any good. We get sickened or worse yet, numb and jaded.
Some groups, such as PETA and ASPCA, have usually gone the "shock" route. Showing in graphic detail the vctims of cruelty and abuse. Other groups, such as Best Friends, have taken the opposite approach - showing how happy and healthy the animals became after their rescue, and by the way don't you want to adopt one?
I think a mixed approach is best. Too much shock turns many people away. But glazing of the horrific facts of abuse is a disservice to the ones who suffered.
What do you think?