No, it isn't related to pop culture, but the public dissemination of 911 calls is a ... well, calling it a pet peeve of mine makes it seem too light and fluffy. Let's just say I abhor the practice of releasing the things. Outside of extraordinary circumstances, that should never happen.
MSNBC.com has an article up about the issue, and I literally laughed out loud when I read the following:
"[David] Cuillier, a professor at Arizona State University's School of Journalism, said the answer is better self-regulation by the media."
You're unlikely to find a bigger fan of journalism than me (among other things, I did make the effort to actually get a degree in the field), but the idea of today's media self-regulating is simply -- and distressingly -- laughable.