AbstractUnknownBoy

AbstractUnknownBoy Is Dead

Well, that’s not strictly true. Only this eponymous blog is dead. AbstractUnknownBoy lives on, but I feel my time here has come to a natural end. This is the 141st and final post on my first ever blog. I have written on subjects from sports, politics, and current affairs through to music, humour and things which make me angry. However, after just 2 posts in about a month and a half – one of which was merely 2 photographs – the time feels right for me to move on, find a niche, stick to it and develop myself in a specific field of blogging. It’s been fun, but now I’m moving on to something new. Keep an eye out for my new blog once it becomes live and I hope to see you all again soon. Until then…

Christmas Eve

Hang The DJ, Hang The DJ, Hang The DJ!

In the wake of the tragedy of the nurse who seemingly committed suicide after a hoax call from two Australian Radio DJs, it appears as though some people are viscerally condemning them for killing an innocent woman.

The DJs aren’t responsible for the nurse’s death. I think we’d all agree that the stunt was risky and had the potential to cause upset and distress – which it did. However, despite this I’m sure most of you will agree that we can’t stop before we play any prank, stunt or joke and think to ourselves ‘Hold on a second, I don’t think we should do this because the person might kill themselves’. That’s just not reasonable. The DJs are clearly devastated at what has happened and would never have been able to predict such a tragic series of events.

So to all those people sending death threats to the DJs on Twitter before they closed their accounts, what you are doing is far worse, and if the DJs were to subsequently kill themselves would you accept responsibility for killing them through causing upset and distress? I doubt it.

Unless a suicide note is found explicitly stating that the nurse took her own life as a direct result of the prank call, we cannot accurately state that it was the reason for her suicide. We don’t know what other issues might have been going on in her life. In my opinion, the DJs are not in any way to blame for the death of the nurse: it is simply an unfortunate and unforseeable tragedy.

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