Sunday, July 26, 2009

What's the difference?

The front of the SMH ran this tragic story of a lawyer who jumped from a 17 story building to his death. This is tragic. But why do you think the story got front page, while the man who plunged to his death from the housing commission across the road from my home didn't rate a mention?

Why is it that the lawyer's death has more public interest than the man from Redfern?




13 comments:

dan said...

could it be that no one is suprised by a death in redfern. Where as Brisbane is popular and the sebel is la di da.

geoffc said...

I wonder Dan.

Yet I also I wonder if it is more to do with the level of what was lossed. It is more tragic because this man was a lawyer, he had it all. However, the housing commision man did not have much, so in his death he did not lose much.

The life of the man who presumably "had it all" is seen as more valuable, therefore more tragic when he dies, and therefore more worthy of a newstory.

I was told by my next door neighbour that in there'd been about 5 suicides recently from the building. That's a news story.

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