Posted February 3, 2014 01:15 pm


What would it say about a culture if in the midst of an accident, a car wreck, a fire, a shooting, someone being hurt, the public's first inclination is to reach for their phone - not to call 911 - but to take photos or record a video.

It's my understanding that there was a crowd at Walmart last Saturday night standing around an emergency situation with their phones at arm's length recording everything. It makes me even more thankful for the heroes and the helpers.

Does this behavior make us a country of observers? It sounds like a culture of people unwilling to be part of the solution. It's the first I've heard of it at this level in Conway.

Perhaps the paparazzi mentality has finally infected our town. Have we reached a point where we're so desensitized to crisis situations and human suffering, from too much TV, video games and America's Funniest Videos, that we don't know what to do so we hide behind our phones and race to be the first to post on Facebook and Twitter? It's a sad reflection on us.