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.
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.