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Human Interest Stories

12/28/2007

I hate them. I hate being reminded of my own limitations compared to the great, morally imposing, ability of some guy who jumped into a river to save wheel chair bound orphans from drowning. What’s better than a dozen stories about the everyman hero? Of course, the media interlaces those stories with constant updates on the death toll of a tragedy, while some viewers cry, others look on indifferently or apathetically, and too many roll their hands with pleasure at the chance to indict and convict someone. Tragedy stories teach us much, but they seem to divide and bore too.

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