Are we getting desensitized to tragedies?

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  1. joyceface

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    Does anyone feel less shocked when bad news stories happen? I remember when Columbine happened it was quite shocking. Now you hear about a shooting at a mall or theater...I am almost not surprised any more. In fact, one of the victims who died at the hand of the theater shooter, had recently survived a mall shooting in another part of the country. Maybe its a factor of the constant stream of 24 hr "breaking" news that is always designed to shock you.
     
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    You're not seriously asking this question on this website, are you? :jj:
     
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    Nope...what happened was fucking beyond tragic.. anyway who wants to see a video of a family getting beheaded??
     
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    eh it was no biggy :coffee:
    I'd be more shocked if there was a red carpet event down the block from Beth and she didn't make it. :c
     
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    :jj:
     
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    This is a good point.

    But to call these things "shocking" and "unbelievable" is bullshit. Maybe it's just that I hate those two words and they make me cringe whenever I hear them. When we start to compare mass killings to many other mass killings it's no longer "shocking" and "unbelievable".

    My hate for those words really stems from sports and celebrity gossip.

    No that catch was not unbelievable I just saw a similar catch in last week's highlights.

    No it's not shocking when beyonce is pregnant with jayz's baby. Call me when jayz is pregnant with beyance's baby then i'll be shocked.
     
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    I think the opposite, actually. In the history of civilization, we've probably been the most overlysensitized. We freak out when a dozen people are murdered or when somebody mentions a potentially problematic swine flu or bird flu, but the generations before us lived the perpetual war, plagues, dictators and rampant crime.

    Yeah, now a mass shooting like last night's will provide countless hours of "news" coverage and that certainly gets more numbing each time it happens. And it makes it easier to divorce ourselves from the reality of it, but if it happened near us or somebody we care for was involved, our reactions would be the same as they were before this became a semi-regular thing.
     
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    that would be more tragic as would an injured seagull dying in her arms before she could get a photo op.
     
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    desensitized? no, but i'm all out of compassion for a state that refuses to take minimal steps to protect its own citizens. if this was a banana republic nation that was having this kind of Columbine event every decade we would have already sent in the military. How come Colorado is still allowed to run itself? Obviously they cannot, or are unwilling to do their state duties toward the US citizens that reside in the state. Its time for the feds to take over. (and i'm not referring to gun controls).
     
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    No seriously who wants to see a family beheaded?
     
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    CP makes a great point. Death used to be a very regular part of life and it was usually horrible.
     
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    It is what it is.
     
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    if you asked who wants to see Roger Ebert beheaded i might raise my hand today.

    that wussie asshole is calling for gun elimination as the cure-all. He's always been a politically correct hack but since his jaw was removed he's gone over the edge.
     
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    I think the real wackados are the people who get emotional over shit that didn't affect them but what do I know :dontknow:
     
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    who wants to see roger ebert oddly looking like a Mexican drug king pins family beheaded?
     
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    I'm still pissed about his bullshit review of "¡Three Amigos!".
     
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    Poor Bianca is being overshadowed by the deaths of some peasants in CO.
     
  20. yippeekyaa

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    I'm tired of the word "tragedy" being used in events like this. This was a senseless act of violence and brutality. "tragedy" should be reserved for use in natural disasters such as in a tsunami, hurricane, tornado or fire. The difference being that no person or persons have control in a natural disaster.