Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Most Politically Correct Article on Suicide of All Time

An article entitled "No surge in teen suicides, but many myths," by Jeremy Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, doesn't actually say anything, but may be the most politically correct article on the topic of suicide I have ever read. It author carefully follows the questionable "media guidelines" for reporting of suicide, meant both to dampen the (questionable) phenomenon of suicide contagion and to be extra-polite about suicide.

The author carefully refers to the fact that a student "died by suicide" - avoiding the more natural construction "committed suicide." He states that "[m]ental illness is the most proven risk factor" for suicide; although it is questionable what meaning that statement has, suicide.org encourages the media to emphasize this "fact."

Most insultingly, the author accuses teenage suicides of shortsightedness. "Despondent teens perceive suicide as an end to their personal pain, but don't see the torture it brings to those left behind," he says. On the contrary. I think it is more accurate to say: Parents perceive reproduction as an end to their personal feelings of meaninglessness, but ignore the torture existence brings to their children.

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