Doing nothing is not an option

The mainstream media show an edited version of this video of a small chinese girl being run over twice and left to die in the street as bystanders walk on by.

I will not show an edited version. Doing nothing is not an option. Warning, what you will see is appalling.

Doing Nothing, as happens in this video even has a technical name. Andrew Sullivan explains in a post that was unrelated to the emergence of this video but oh so appropriate for the circumstances.

A new study offers an alternative take on the bystander effect. Also known as Genovese Syndrome, it was named for Catherine Susan Genovese who was stabbed to death in 1964 despite the fact that some people supposedly saw and heard her being attacked:

In situations where there’s a clear threat—when someone is trying to extinguish a raging car fire, rather than merely struggling to change a flat tire—the bystander effect actually diminishes. “It’s counterintuitive,” says [Brown psychology professor Joachim Krueger] . “As the costs of a behavior become higher, you should be less likely to help.” Why that’s not so lies deep in our lizard brains. We know danger when we see it, and when we do, it induces higher levels of arousal and, therefore, more propensity to help.

In this instance in China though the Bystander Effect was in full force. People simply carried on regardless. It is the same mentality that sees child abuse go unreported. Doing nothing is not an option.

WARNING: Graphic images

UPDATE: The girl has died.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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