Everyone should look at this video about a lawsuit. Basically, a blogger who uses this very site defamed a model. The model managed to get a court to order Google to identify the blogger so she could sue. Google complied, and are now being sued by the blogger for failing to preserve her privacy. This is one of those cases which will become more common as the internet is increasingly considered to be a real source of publication, and organisations like Google increasingly hoard peoples’ information. I shall now be making it clear that everything I write on here is comment.
I must confess, when I first read this story about a 16-year-old who died after drinking a lethal amount of vodka, my first thoughts revolved around the questioning of whether A* GSCE grades are proof of intelligence.
Perhaps it really is as simple as that; she died because she acted like a fool. But then, taking a step back, I’m really struggling to accept that she was that stupid. People are indeed accountable for their own actions, but what about the actions of any friends who encouraged her? What about the actions of whoever obtained the alcohol or made it available to under 18s in the first place? What about the actions, or inaction, of our Government who continue to fail in their task of controlling binge drinking and underage alcohol consumption? What about our society as a whole, the members of which continue fail to take any responsibility for anything, choosing instead to do what I just did (I am a member of society, after all) and blaming it all on the Government? Let’s face it, when you have a nation of drinkers, many of whom take pride in that reputation, blaming everyone but themselves and always relying on other people to carry them away, be it friend or stranger, police car or ambulance, every now and then a glass will be dropped and broken; someone is going to die. If that glass is a glass that is already cracked and dirty, like a tramp or a lonely old addict, people don’t get themselves too bothered. But if the glass is a new, sparkly crystal item, such as a promising 16-year-old straight-A student, suddenly we’re forced to look for a moment at the society we’re a part of. Then we turn to the Government and demand that they govern, insist that they stop this thing we’re looking at from being quite so ugly. And so begins another ‘responsible drinking’ campaign, more education in schools and more promises in the next manifesto, and fresh layers of paint are added to the rotten, decaying wood underneath. Then, we will simply drink until we forget what we saw.