Then there are countless reports of young drivers dying in car accidents. But "they went to a good private school" say the media.
In both cases we have media painting the events as a terrible tragedy, quoting friends and Facebook users extolling the virtues of the victims, painting them in a positive light.
I sympathise with friends and family, and it is best to remember those who have passed away by their positive attributes. However, I think that society would be better server by highlighting the stupidity of their actions in the media. Be brutal. They were dumb, they died. You be dumb, you can die too. You drink too much, you drive too fast, you ignore the warnings and if you die or suffer injury, it's your fault. You kill someone else, you are a murderer. You are not a hero, you're an idiot
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
Rather callous assumptions there. Basically what you've said is that if you caused your own death. You deserved it. As someone who sees daily what happens to those left behind as well as those that were killed. I think what you're saying is incredibly narrow minded. Because, after all, im sure you've NEVER done anything stupid nor EVER will. People are human. People will make mistakes. People will die from their mistakes. But to say they deserved it? Thats wrong.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
Allrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2675 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 1845 times:
Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1): People are human. People will make mistakes. People will die from their mistakes. But to say they deserved it? Thats wrong.
Of course people make mistakes, do something adventurous, take a few risks, maybe die. People can, and should climb mountains, jump out of aircraft, drive fast around a racing track. But they should be properly prepared and that includes being prepared for the consequences of their actions. And as I said, I don't wish to punish those left behind. It's usually not their fault, and even if it is, they will be suffering too.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on schoolkids in cars - their brains aren't fully formed yet. And children will do what children do. But the other two examples are of supposed adults who are old enough to read and understand the risks.
What irritates me is that we have the media glorifying the victims of these incidents. Instead of writing "He was a good bloke. Sure, he may have frequently drunk too much alcohol, broken into and defaced public property, taken stupid risks and encouraged others to do so. But he was a role model and we should all look up to him." maybe it should just be:
"Joe Bloggs died when he was washed away in a storm drain while spraying graffiti. He is survived by distraught family." You can leave it at that or you can continue... " Storm drains are dangerous because... Each year x people die...blah blah."
Anything to educate others not to make those silly decisions.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13660 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 1780 times:
Every year, people climb Mt Hood, Oregon's highest peak. Not a big deal. I would like to do it. However, every year, some of those climbers set out knowing full well there is a blizzard coming and knowing full well that if, God forbid, something go wrong, they will not be able to get help for a few days. Some people just don't think....
I've just been reminded of senior management who are frequently demanding that us underlings make things happen without considering the consequences (time and money wasted, nobody uses the things). Yet they are the ones who are feted and paid more.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
The fact that those that die due in large part due to ignoring common sense or well set rules as with the 2 young men in the Fox Glacier incident should be a major part of any news article. I took a guided hike on Fox Glacier in June 1994 and followed the instructions at all times to miminise the risk. (I also did a bungee jump a few days earler, from a professional facility).