Cheering for Death in the Modern Age

I was saddened by the news that another cyclist in San Francisco was fatally struck.  I first saw the news from the KTVU feed on Facebook which I am subscribed to.  As I looked more closely at the post on Facebook, what immediately caught my attention was how many times the “Like” button had been pressed.  Maybe I’m reading too deeply into the context of “Like” in this situation, but after reading the comments, I’m starting to believe that “Like” does in fact mean “like”.  Check these out:

Nice I love it – Tony Valle

These damn bicyclists think they own the road. . Use you head . If you play with glass your gunna get cut.  – Rafael Tapia

They act dumb on the road – MsLivewire AllDay

There is no information available regarding the cause of this awful tragedy.  And yet bias guides so many to assume the cyclist was at fault, and according to some even deserved what happened.  That’s pretty screwed up, especially for a progressive city like the Bay Area. And here’s a snap of the Likes: cheering-for-death-of-cyclist It just seems to me like we are immersed in an age of complete detachment from the reality of tragedy, an age where unwarranted loss of life is celebrated with LOLs, smiley faces and hateful remarks.

  • Albert Chen

    Unfortunately, sharing the road is a foreign concept to Americans. There is so much entitlement and road rage even coming from normally otherwise polite human beings. Combine that with e-thug syndrome and you get that type of disgusting shit that pervades a lot of the internet. Two-wheelers have always gotten shat on…RIP to the cyclists. Let’s all ride like we’re invisible and live to ride another day.

  • Albert Chen

    btw, cool website Andy!

  • Andrew

    Thanks for your comment(s), Albert. Too true.

  • do you use facebook?

    You’re aware that, for lack of any alternative, people generally “like” even bad news on facebook, like the death of a loved one. It seems awkward to anyone not used to Facebook, but doesn’t generally mean they “like” what happened – it’s just the only way to acknowledge a post.

    For instance – one of the people you try to shame above – Karlitaa Ramirez – “liked” the post but then wrote this in the comments: “Another one,sf should really do something to prevent thiz”

    Did you actually read this thing or just jump at the opportunity to make some point?

  • Andrew

    Point taken. Could be reading too deeply into this. Thanks for your comment, do you use facebook?

    Still some pretty unbelievably hateful comments in that thread.