Nice to see people respond to some of the outrages they see

“A Reminder That Every Life Matters”: A Rare Moment of News Media Decency
[Via Mike the Mad Biologist]

Sometimes, as decrepit as our traditional media corporations are, they suffer from an outbreak of human decency. Kudos to the St. Petersburg Times for this obituary about a hit-and-run victim. Here’s why they ran it:

Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith’s death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead.

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Being able to post anonymously has some important positive aspects but some people take that as a call to simply be inhuman. Nice to see a newspaper use this as an opportunity to make sure everyone understands what decent human behavior is.

The article demonstrates how everybody has a story and has important impacts on all that they come in contact with. It is a nice demonstration of the power the media has when it puts it mind to it.

I would only hope that when I die, there is as amazing an article written about me. The end of this one makes a nice epitaph:

They will toast the memory of a solitary man who knew his likes and lived within his means, a man who could be counted upon.