BREAKING NEWS: Shame on You

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.

 

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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 02/03/14 - 04:07 pm
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Agreed

Sadly, it's not a new phenomenon. There have always been those who would gather around an emergency scene just to gawk. I never understood the draw. Is it exciting to them? Are they hoping to see some sort of action or something gruesome? Are they looking for a chance to say 'I was there' when they see something on the news? Dunno.

The only difference is that now they have incorporated their electronic devices into the activity. I think this is more in-line with the last scenario I listed. Someone who is a gossip feels power in having information and loves to disseminate it. They want the attention.

One thing is certain. They are a nuisance to emergency workers. They get in the way, they draw away resources by having to be kept back, and they do absolutely nothing constructive.

If only they would consider the scenario from the perspective of the victim. If you had just been shot, injured in a car wreck, or suffered a medical emergency, would you want people to stand over you filming you? How would that make you feel about your predicament?

Rhonda Overbey
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Rhonda Overbey 02/03/14 - 06:22 pm
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CSI: Walmart

UCBS- absolutely. It's the golden rule. Do unto others...
Also, the fascination of picking apart a crime scene...too much CSI: Walmart going on over the last two days.

reader
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reader 02/04/14 - 10:27 am
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Unfortunately technology

has no emotions and the "lets be first" attitude has infected many things. I guess for some of us our 15 minutes of fame may be our demise on youtube. Uh, where were our open carry guys with the ideas on stopping this? We know they shop at Wal-Mart.

c'mon man
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c'mon man 02/05/14 - 02:14 pm
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Check the time

This was at almost 10pm...all the open carry guys were at home in bed already.

DanCDaves
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DanCDaves 02/05/14 - 04:12 pm
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welp

Also, taking the opportunity to politicize every tragedy is pretty darn shameful, but at least there's passing the buck to someone or something else like technology or guns so we never have to hold ourselves accountable.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/05/14 - 04:47 pm
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Does this mean

That the Log Cabin Democrat will no longer show accident photos?

Rhonda Overbey
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Rhonda Overbey 02/05/14 - 05:08 pm
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Will you stop looking at them?

I promise any reporter on staff would put down their camera in a heartbeat to assist at a scene. The public's appetite for accident photos is insatiable - even from reputable media.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/05/14 - 05:25 pm
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Be careful when you assist

It's a litigious society and unless you're trained in First Aid/CPR or a doctor or nurse or EMT, you run the risk of a lawsuit.

Taking video could provide evidence that was later disturbed by the rescuers at the scene, not to mention record response times and possible accomplices.

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InsGuru 02/06/14 - 11:07 am
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My thoughts exactly

"It's a litigious society and unless you're trained in First Aid/CPR or a doctor or nurse or EMT, you run the risk of a lawsuit."

My thoughts exactly. It makes no difference if 1 person, or 900 people call 911, they aren't giong to get there any faster or do anything different, however, what is everyone else supposed to do? Help? Why? So they can get sued too? If I were to do something stupid enough like jump into that sort of siutation, I'd want everyone and their mother recording too for my own protection. Good samaritan laws.... rrriiiggghhhtttt........

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/06/14 - 11:19 am
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Thanks Insguru, at least someone gets it

You better not touch anyone without PPE either.
You never know, you could contaminate them, or vice versa.
It would be a bad deal to survive 6 bullets and die from a staph infection.
And we have all seen "People of Wal-Mart", yes?

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