Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 11:45 UTC
In the News Now this is a subject I've been tiptoeing around for a while now, not entirely sure what to do with it: the suicides at Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. Instead of acting all morally smug and superior from my comfortable rural home in one of the richest countries in the world, I want to talk about two things journalists and bloggers should really stop focusing on when writing about this story: Apple, and the suicides. Wait, what?
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Focus on suicides
by stew on Wed 26th May 2010 14:33 UTC
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Let's focus on suicides and suicides only:
In the US, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youths between 10 and 24 (most "modern" states have similar rates). Why don't we read about that in the blogs?

Why do we pour horrendous amounts of money in anti-terrorism and so-called security, while at the same time ignoring one of the leading causes of death? The already slim budget for suicide prevention programs is being cut instead.

Suicides take more lives than illegal drugs or homicides. Yet, the amount of money spent on the war on drugs is more than 1000 times that spent on suicide prevention.

Edited 2010-05-26 14:36 UTC

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