THAT PHOTO. PRIVACY. CROSSING THE LINE IN BOSTON

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Some things horrify me.

I believe in freedom and I certainly believe in the right to a free press. We Brits, have had some issues in this regard over recent years, with law suits on how far the Press is allowed to go. Scandals such as “phone tapping” only really became scandals once we discovered they weren’t just doing it to the rich and famous. It turns out they were hacking into the parents of boys who were dying for their country in Iraq or Afganistan.

There’s a photo that came from Facebook,  I’m not sure if it’s real or a fake, but it’s spread like wildfire. It is not a nice photo and every person that forwards it on in emails and in attachments to text messages or even social media should take a moment to think about what they are doing.

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF YOU WERE THE PERSON ON THE CHAIR?

Oh, did you forget about them? The human being at the center of the story whilst you all gloat and pass it around saying have you seen this?

In an open office of around twenty, there were two of us that said “NO.”

“No, I don’t want to see that damn picture. Why would I want to see that?”

“No, I don’t want to see a human being broken and bleeding”

“No, I don’t get a kick out of another’s misery”

I feel saddened that human curiosity on the macabre is enough for us to lose our compassion and our dignity. So that people huddle around a phone or a screen saying things like “Have you seen this, it’s gross”.

These people weren’t children, or teenagers. So, you can’t blame the complete lack of discretion on naiveté or inexperience.

As much as I believe in the right to Freedom, I also believe in the right to privacy. So if you see or get forwarded a copy of that photo, just delete it. There are things that should stay private and this photo crosses that line.

As for Boston, I wish everyone peace and my thoughts are with the families and friends of those that lost their lives.

Comments, as always welcome.

16 thoughts on “THAT PHOTO. PRIVACY. CROSSING THE LINE IN BOSTON

  1. Um….Whilst I absolutely share your sentiments, it was a chance distraction that I didn’t click on the picture link before I’d read the whole text. If it’s as bad as you say, I don’t wish to see it. To use a quote from The Zookeeper, ‘it’s going to be very hard to un-see that.’
    My head is full of images of bodies, videos of people being electrocuted or crushed.
    Perhaps a small warning before the link might be prudent?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Andrew there is no link to the photo, I’d have to look at it again to put a link in. It’s the most horrible thing I have ever seen and I can’t unsee it. I don’t even know if it’s real, it’s that bad.

      • My apologies. I’ve checked the article again and the hyperlink ‘Facebook’, which I feared was the link to the photo in question, is simply a link to Facebook.com. Sorry that I jumped to my erroneous conclusion and questioned your judgement! 😀

  2. I agree absolutely in the right to privacy. However, I teeter on the edge on a few things. Not sure which photo you’re talking about, though the latest macabre picture I saw was fairly awful, but I didn’t view the picture out of curiosity but rather as a lesson in consequences. Horrible things do happen, no matter how we wish they wouldn’t. The final outcome of these tragedies should motivate us to work hard at preventing them in the future… but that’s just me.

    • Hi Byron, the photo is a guy missing his legs in a wheelchair. The paramedic pushing him is holding up the femeral artery. It was shared by an observer on Facebook. I question both the motives of the person who took it and also the people who are sharing it out of morbidity. The photo doesn’t have any faces obscured either. I think that’s my problem with it. No one’s looking at his face. I completely get your point above though. This photo is something else! 🙂

  3. oh…I am glad you didn’t include the photo. I HAAATTTE gory photos–will NOT look at a horror flick–and have huge respect and empathy for the damaged. Our society sickens me sometimes, the sensationalism of pain and hurt is reprehensible at best–contagious at the middle–and catching (by way of action) at worst.

    We need to glorify the good in humankind–in order for more of it to be present–if indeed, glorify at all.

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