$56.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Fri Aug 29 2014 (Updated 09/02/14)Ex-Santa Cruz Patch Editor Now Selling Pepper Spray to Senior Citizens
Fri Aug 29 2014 (Updated 09/02/14)Journalist Brad Kava Attempts to Use Media Hype to Cash-in on Crime with 'Cane-O-Mite'
Former Santa Cruz Patch editor Brad Kava, who is still a journalism teacher at Cabrillo College, is now selling a device he invented that offers senior citizens the ability to secure a pepper spray can to their canes. He has named it: "Cane-O-Mite." It is essentially a holster for pepper spray and, the Indiegogo campaign and Youtube video produced to market it, Kava preys on the fears of the elderly. He cites an increase in news reporting on crime as a justification in his sales pitch for the product, saying "everyone who follows the news knows how bad it [crime against senior citizens] can get."
Ted Smith writes: The invention of the product is a "fear mongering" approach to dealing with issues of public safety, and is yet another American appeal to increase weapon sales and the use of violence. "My first thought was to build a whole cane with pepper spray inside," Kava writes in his sales pitch. A more insidious aspect of all of this, however, is the journalism reference Kava used to justify the need for the product.
In the Cane-O-Mite description he writes: "I was visiting my disabled father in Florida and saw so many people carrying canes and using walkers who looked like easy victims for criminals...The fear was palpable and everyone who follows the news knows how bad it can get. People are so afraid, they are "standing their ground" with guns." Kava is using media-hype, the same variety he created for the Santa Cruz Patch, as a justification for the need for the product he is selling. As a former journalist and current journalism teacher, this is ethically questionable.
Read More with Photos | See Also: Santa Cruz Patch to Shut Down
Redefining The National Strike Monday Jan 16th 11:24 AM
Lighthouse Bank Vice Chairman Involved In Assault On Richmond & Mountain View Voters (2 comments) Monday Jan 16th 4:24 AM
Pause the Calls: Black Lives Matter Saturday Jan 14th 2:51 PM
California Agency Proposes Turning Monterey Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump Friday Jan 13th 12:01 PM
Teamsters Local 2010 Initiates Mass Walkout and Strikes at University of California Thursday Jan 12th 6:44 PM
Post Office Uses Leaf Blowers to Harrass Homeless at 6AM (8 comments) Thursday Jan 12th 7:46 AM
Freedom SleepOut #79 Swims Toward Justice Tuesday Night Tuesday Jan 10th 12:43 AM
SCPD Must Revise Immigration Determination Policy (1 comment) Sunday Jan 8th 11:44 PM
Selective Enforcement documented on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz, CA (2 comments) Sunday Jan 8th 10:55 AMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Army Corps Issues Blanket Approval to Destroy Tens of Thousands of Acres of U.S. Wetlands Monday Jan 9th 1:48 AM
New Analysis Highlights Alarming Anti-Consumer Impacts of Proposed Enbridge/Spectra Energy Mega-Merger Thursday Jan 5th 3:01 AM
President Grants Commutations to 153 Federal Prisoners, Including Paul Free and Steven Speal (1 comment) Monday Dec 19th 6:26 PM
Despite New Jaguars in US, Feds Release Plan to Recover Endangered Jaguars Only in Mexico Monday Dec 19th 5:39 PM
Canada to Protect Declining Monarch Butterfly as Endangered Species Monday Dec 12th 2:40 PM
Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California Thursday Dec 8th 5:09 PM
Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns Tuesday Dec 6th 2:08 PM
New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet Tuesday Dec 6th 1:59 PM
Trump's New Interior Department Transition Team Leader Believes Burning Fossil Fuels Is a 'Moral' Imperative Monday Nov 21st 6:12 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
EPA Report Confirms Threat Posed By Fracking Monday Dec 19th 6:47 PM
Hwy 17 Wildlife Tunnel in Sight: Land Trust Completes Funding for Land Protection Monday Dec 19th 6:20 PM
Plastics BAN list report identifies most harmful plastic products and alternatives in CA Tuesday Dec 6th 2:14 PM
Offer Accepted! Muckrock Offers To Check For Local Police Surveillance Of Social Media Tuesday Oct 25th 8:05 PM
CA Transportation Commission Commits $3.1 Million for Land Trust’s Hwy 17 Wildlife Crossing Friday Oct 21st 9:35 PM
Fracking and measure Z Friday Oct 21st 11:05 AM
CA Coastal National Monument Expansion: One Step Closer to Reality Thursday Sep 29th 8:20 PM
Leaders host public meeting on expanding the coastal national monument Tuesday Sep 27th 5:42 PM
Leaving Edward Snowden in limbo will be a stain on President Obama’s legacy (1 comment) Saturday Sep 17th 6:07 PMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]