I hate this kind of message on my Facebook wall, and it's all I can do not to reply with my usual charm:
I hope all you runners and friends and family of runners at Boston marathon are all safe and sound.Really? So you're not a drooling psychopath who takes delight in the destroyed life and limb of others? Who knew? What do you need from me? A 'like'? Attention? A hand-job?
This kind of thing is more useful:
Retweeted Sesame Street (@sesamestreet):Advice, take it or leave it. Adults too shouldn't glue themselves to the screen for this type of tragedy that there's nothing you can do about, and frankly doesn't have anything to do with you:
Our hearts go out to all those affected by today's tragic events. We recommend not exposing young children to repeated images in the news.
- car accident news affects you more, as that's more likely to kill you
- the Fukushima incident too when it happened, because you should have been thinking about leaving
Besides, the news in the first twenty-four hours is nothing but gore, without anything but speculation.* What you won't get in the first day, or very often never at all, is the cui bono.
Who gains by a seemingly random attack on civilians? There is no such thing as a random attack. Even crazy shooters have a history. There is no such thing as a random bombing of two locations in the same city, one at the finishing line of a major event. Nihilism? That's not enough motivation to put a bag over your own head. The only point is to instill fear. Who gains from instilling fear...? Answer me that in a half year when this bombing somehow becomes a pretext to drag the US into a war with Iran or N.Korea.
Cynical? Suspicious? Maybe I'll be wrong, but if you are not cynical and suspicious, you're history's bitch.
*Except when odd bits outside of the official account slip through, as in '911'.