Has Britain gone overboard for missing Madeleine

  [email protected] 18:59 18 May 2007
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This is a good point,having kids myself i kno that although the support must be a great help but it will be also hard work..

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  Kate B 19:17 18 May 2007

click here Interesting thread here in response to an excellent piece.

  charmingman 19:26 18 May 2007

Excelent link i must say!!
intresting subject

  [email protected] 19:28 18 May 2007

the other day i had the same text message, from two near strangers, something like: "this is a chain prayer for madeleine on her birthday please say a prayer and send text to a friend"
which bewildered me somewhat!

  Kate B 19:34 18 May 2007

There's a really good line in the thread I linked to: "tragedy porn" which I think sums it up perfectly. I don't have a problem with the family doing its damndest to keep the story alive, but I find the leaping on to the emotional bandwagon by tragedy tourists who turn up at the site of any loss or accident or similar ghoulish.

The other good point in the thread I linked to is that there's been very little reporting putting the issue in context. Channel 4 News has just done a piece about how charities for missing people are kind of rueful that it takes a missing blonde four-year-old to get their work in the headlines and to flag up other missing people, but I've seen very little of that kind of reporting.

Interesting discussion about class issues, too. It's been decided in some kind of inchoate collective consciousness that we won't talk about the fact that the parents left three tiny children alone - I bet that if it had been a less middle class family that issue would have been much more to the fore.

Obviously my basic emotion is to hope for that the child is found alive and I feel desperately sorry for the family, but I'm also fascinated and mildly repelled by the reaction to this.

  mammak 19:37 18 May 2007

I had this same text message but I knew where it came from and they were quickly told I wont be keeping your chain going with lining the pockets of the mobile networks when I can say a prayer for this child that wont cost me a penny.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:41 18 May 2007

'It's been decided in some kind of inchoate collective consciousness that we won't talk about the fact that the parents left three tiny children alone - I bet that if it had been a less middle class family that issue would have been much more to the fore'...my thoughts exactly. I received 2 text messages form people I hardly know asking me to forward them on as a 'prayer' like it is going to help. This is getting pathetic. I really hope that she is found alive but all the schmaltz and collective grief which everyone is ordered to pour out is choking me senseless.

If the same happened to a single mother form a sink estate who left her children alone, she would have been flayed alive by the press especially the idiotic, drippy female reproter from The Mirror who claimed that the Brit guy was suspicious because he was trying to help, a paper renown for it's truth and incisiveness.

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  [email protected] 19:44 18 May 2007

indeed! one of the people mentioned also sends me warning e-mails about virus's that eat hard drives! lol
hope they dont read this!

  Forum Editor 20:00 18 May 2007

in this country to express shock/horror/grief/support whenever there's a news story involving a missing child. It's as if people are saying to each other "look how caring I am, I'm really very caring indeed, and I'm terrified that unless I show how caring I am, others might think I'm not a caring person". We seem obsessed with building flower mountains every time a child is killed, and tagging our offerings with notes asking 'Why?'. It's become a national habit.

We're living in an age where almost everyone has access to a stream of information that would astonish our ancestors. A child goes missing somewhere one day, and the whole nation knows about it within twenty four hours. Millions of people read and hear all the news, but for lots of them it isn't enough - they want to become involved in some way, and they do it in a variety of ways. One way is to use the internet - perhaps by posting their thoughts in a forum like this, or maybe by forwarding a round-robin email to all their friends and business contacts - I've received so many I've lost count.

I know I'm going to be accused of cynicism, and of being heartless, but I'm not (heartless, anyway). I just can't help feeling a little irritated when I see yet another "My thoughts and prayers are with little X and her parents and all her family" message. Surely we all feel sympathy and we all hope for a happy outcome, don't we? It shouldn't be necessary to keep telling everyone every five minutes.

As for those yellow ribbons.......don't get me started on that.

  Forum Editor 20:06 18 May 2007

in some kind of inchoate collective consciousness that we won't talk about the fact that the parents left three tiny children alone - I bet that if it had been a less middle class family that issue would have been much more to the fore."

Lovely stuff.

  J B 20:22 18 May 2007

I agree with every point that you made. Enough said. J.B.

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