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A Barbaric Culture : Socializing Tragedy and Posting Graphic Pictures of the Dead‏


“He who does not condemn evil, commands it to be done.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Maybe violence is apart of us. Maybe death and gore is ingrained in us. Maybe the tragedy of someone else has become entertainment for us. Maybe, just maybe, we’ve forgotten what it means to respect the dead.

I’ve always been baffled as to how someone could even consider posting on a social networking site the mangled or maimed body of another human being. From the incident in HWT involving the pregnant woman, the youngster in Clarendon who was in a motorcycle accident, the bodies of those killed in the Tivoli incursion, to the more recent and horrfic accident involving Holmwood students in Manchester, I am just disgusted at the practice of posting these pictures and videos.

What kind of person does that? What goes through someone’s head when they decide to forward an email with those pictures? What goes through someone’s head when they RT such pictures? Posts them on Facebook? Hi5? MySpace? What kind of person is that? I submit that is a morally depraved, disgusting and evil person. And to borrow from Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Elena Kagan, it is “morally abhorrent”.

Anyone who sees someone posting these things ought to strongly condemn it! Those pictures are of people who once lived. These are people who will be mourned by those they left behind. Consider how you would feel if your loved one had to suffer such a horrific death and then to have the whole internet viewing them in such a mangled state, limbs ripped apart. How would you feel? Posting those pictures is cruel and inhuman. When you post something like that, you are only serving to compound the tragedy and to rub salt into the wounds of those who have to now pick up the pieces of their lives and try to make sense of what must be an enormous tragedy. Sigh. We need to allow people to bury their loved ones with dignity and allow them to mourn without any added stress.

I really don’t have much else I can say. We all have a sense of right and wrong; posting those pictures is wrong. It is evil and it is cruel. Lisa Hanna had proposed criminalizing the act, I’m not sure if that was ever followed up, but I certainly believe it ought to be. My condolences to the families affected. I cannot begin to imagine how awful it must be to see your loved one’s body posted and RT’ed and to have the social networking community gawk and stare. Sigh. My condolences. And finally, RIP to all those who have died in horrific accidents and have been the subjects of this barbaric and evil practice of posting graphic pictures of the dead.

“It is our choices, far more than our desires, that determine who we are.” – JK Rowling

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5 responses

  1. Venessa Murray

    i totally agree

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    • Christina

      I agree also. These pple need fi have more respect.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

  2. @DaProngs

    Great minds! Ah tell you! I would never want myself or any of my family or friends to go around the internet like that…horrible!

    April 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

  3. Karim

    I agree,Ppl today just lack morals hence they do as such.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

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