Exploiting Tragedy By Blaming Technology
from the whatever-gets-the-page-views dept
Earlier this week, an 18-year-old deaf girl in Austin, Texas, got hit by a train as she walked along some tracks, and was killed. Likely because of her role as Miss Deaf Texas, the case has gotten some national media attention, and has been featured on the front page of the CNN web site. Today, there’s another story there, with the headline “Deaf beauty queen was text-messaging when hit by train”, followed with a lead that further infers the text messaging had something to do with her death. Forgive me for explaining the obvious, but it’s pretty much completely irrelevant that the girl was sending or reading text messages when she was struck — from behind — by the train. Remember that she was deaf? Her death resulted from a tragic set of circumstances, but CNN has to blame something, apparently, to keep people’s interest, so why not the text messages?