Last week, students across the nation discussed the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in our #DoNow370 post. We asked students, Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?
About a month ago, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared as it made its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members aboard. Several countries, including Malaysia, Austria and the United States are involved in the search for the airplane, concentrating on about 1,100 miles off the Australian coast. The Malaysian government declared the disappeared as a criminal investigation as they believe the plane was flown off course. Relatives of the passengers desperately seek for answers, placing great pressure on the Malaysian government to investigate what happened to the plane. Several different theories have been proposed to explain the disappearance such as the plane landed somewhere, terrorism and even aliens, prompting people to criticize the media for sensationalizing the event.
Students brought up the several reasons why Flight 370 needs to be found throughout the week. They discussed the positive and negative roles the media played in reporting the event to the public and even proposed their own theories as to what happened to the plane. However, the majority of the students focused on the need to find the plane to ensure the families received closure and prevent another plane disappearing in the future.
Why is it important to find Flight 370?
Students discussed in general why it’s important to continue to search for the missing airplane.
— Bryce Maniex (@brycemancometh) April 7, 2014
— Kisa (@KisaIfauhs6B) April 10, 2014
— Emily Page (@emilyWHKE) April 8, 2014
What questions does Flight 370 raise?
Students also explored what questions were brought to the public’s attention in light of the event.
— iteachhistory (@iteachhistory1) April 7, 2014
— Juster Duster (@linj65258) April 12, 2014
Too Many Theories, Not Enough Attention on Facts
Several students argued that the media sensationalized the event.
— Marisa Cothran (@MarisaDeyan) April 12, 2014
— alice berry (@alicekberry) April 8, 2014
But the Media Also Played a Positive Role
Other students pointed to how the media made the public aware of the missing plane.
— Sara Torstrom (@surfwavegirl) April 10, 2014
— Marissa Whitaker (@MarissaWhit15) April 15, 2014
Families Need Closure
Many students argued how the families need to know what happened to their loved ones.
— Tim (@Tim123W) April 8, 2014
@RRamamoorthy15 That is true, they may feel safer about their families location & surroundings.
— Eboni Bain (@EboniWHKE) April 8, 2014
We can’t let this happen again
Students also stressed the importance of finding the plane to ensure it didn’t happen in the future.
— Nicolas T (@nicolastfauhs2B) April 11, 2014
— Christen Webb (@Hullopeoples) April 8, 2014
Check out the amazing news report videos students from Coppell, Texas produced in response to this week’s topic.
Here are just a couple of the videos to explore:
— Kara Peterson (@karapetersonnth) April 8, 2014
— C.J. (@cjbute) April 11, 2014