without any comment or potential for sparking a discussion other than 'isn't that sad' it does seem a little like 'car crash tv' and is neither educational nor illuminating. sometimes it feels like people are trawling the news for distressing stories involving children for the sake of it and I wish they'd stop
I'm with you Mud... Some stories I can see the relevence of, like women breastfeeding for 50 years etc, but many are car crash like.
I am the type of person who doesn't watch the news though - I know that crappy things are happening in the world, and help where I can... I don't need to watch it happening. I couldn't watch most of the 911 things either.
Some people use MN just as if they were chatting in RL. It would be perfectly normal in RL to say to a friend - 'did you see that awful story about xyz' this is just the virtual equivalent of that convo!
In RL people like to talk about and comment on news stories - sad or happy. I notice that today we have both sides going. Many people come onto MN, not just for parenting support and advice, but to chat also. Part of that chatting (like in RL) is to comment on such news articles. Usually the thread title will highlight what the article is about - therefore people have a choice as to whether they read or not, and whether they comment or not.
I can see no harm at all in it at all. Suppose it comes down to the same old phrase normally banded around - no one forces anyone to read/comment; just ignore it if you don't want to read.
I think some people might find it carthartic. I know it sounds odd but I do feel sad when I hear of tragic things that happen to complete strangers ; especially kids...and often want to talk about it with my friends....Perhaps posting on here is an extension of that.
Maybe for some people it's a kind of voyeurism - but for others it's about trying to make sense of / deal with a sick / sad world.
Ah, I'm always disagreeing with you Mud aren't I - but i hope I'm doing it amicably