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: #107 The Skip Tracer, Part I
October 19, 2017 9:09 AM -
Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
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. Combine that with racism and xenophobia and you get these assholes.
on October 19 [
I began to get concerned about this one when they brought in that woman with the "Remembrance Project," because I think I remember reading about her and what a darling of the far right she is. (Just go to their website, which currently has a headline about how she and Steve Bannon won some award from Phyllis Schlafly's "Eagle Forum." Shudder.)
In the interview she tries to paint this as being grounded in feeling sadness for the victims of crime. But crimes and murders are committed by actual American-born citizens all the time, so how come the only ones she cares about are the ones immigrants commit?
on October 22
There was some awful
here in San Francisco in a touristy area not that long ago by someone who was undocumented. So much of the coverage focused on the fact that he was undocumented and had been deported 5 times. Ugh.
on October 23
This really felt more like a This American Life story than a Reply All story to me. The "internet culture" component of hunting people down via their electronic traces was there, and I think it could have been told in a more Reply All style -- it seems to me like an editorial choice, and a disappointing one. I really like Reply All's sensibility and distinctive voice don't want to be a TAL clone. I don't think they were trying to be TAL on purpose, but they could have avoided it harder.
on October 23
Agree with janeli - I would have liked to know more about the technical side of it! I wonder if the skip tracers wouldn't open up about their methods.
on October 23
Interesting. Yeah, I was thinking this is totally a Reply All story: the tracer is totally reliant on the internet to be so good at her job! But somehow the narrative about her using the internet came in the form of "And then she was on her laptop for 3 hours" and that was mostly it except for the fact that there is this specific website for tracers to use.
I think that may be a difference in Sruthi's reporting style?
on October 25
Good on Sruthi for calling out the Remembrance Project people on their BS.
In spite of this, I reiterate my long-stated concern that the
folks are in way, way,
over their heads when they're attempting to do this kind of Journalism. The Remembrance Project folks got a
of airtime before finally being called out (and somewhat ineffectively, at that).
At least they're acknowledging that some of their stories revolve around some seriously terrible people.
While I'm personally
they didn't go into more detail, I'm worried that there's enough content in there for the show to serve as an instruction manual for tracking down undocumented people, or provide tips for stalkers. (On the flipside, the content of the show could also be used by vulnerable people to help protect themselves from this kind of activity, so I'm a little torn.)
on October 30 [
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