Tuesday, March 23, 2010

STOP! Or Your Picture Will Run in the Paper!

A NEW NEWSPAPER in Texas gets the majority of their content from the police department: mugshots.

For $1 per issue, you can purchase Mugly! and see the faces of the recently arrested (as well as read their names and why they were arrested, though convictions are pending).

Is there anything wrong with building a business model off the backs of those charged with murder, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, DUI and other crimes? Is this journalism or voyeurism?

8 comments:

Dan P. said...

I guess it could be useful if some of these people are fugitives. Other than that, it juts seems like a waste of time and money. But hey, if there's a market for it...

Tim Keller said...

Like you said, always find your niche.. i would read it. I think they should run the pictures, it serves a valuable service to the public, lets slap a sign on their back that says convict too.

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Gillian Francella said...

This creeps me out. The only funny mugshots are those of celebrities.

uhleesha said...

It would be sort of funny if you happen to see someone you knew on the front cover of this newspaper. Hey, if it's making money might as well do it! I think people have the right to see who is getting arrested, maybe the crime rate will drop if people knew their face could be plastered on a newspaper.

Brian Okum said...

I'm all for the freedom of the press, but this is a disgusting franchise.

The aesthetics and morality of that tabloid are far worse than the crimes those people committed to get their picture in there.

Katherine Carpenter said...

This is just funny.

Berryman, A said...

I feel like this is useless and the person who started this just wanted to make money. its nothing, but entertainment.

Anonymous said...

It seems really desperate, but in all honesty I'd probably read it and laugh. A lot.