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Thread: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    The fact that at this point in the poll 5 people think its perfectly ok to show this is an indication that our society is sick. People have become desensitized to the point where they no longer have any basic decency.
    ....How is this any different than people watching public executions 100, 200 or even 500 years ago? What is "sick" about our society today that wasn't sick 150 years ago? I've seen cartoons of Abe Lincoln's death, I've seen the execution of Saddam Hussein, I've seen cops shooting people on television. What exactly is it about today that was different 70 years ago?
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    I guess the difference here is I believe the media has the right to show it but you think they shouldn't show it based on moral grounds?
    If yo'd rather have the family of the athlete sue NBC to stop showing the video, and demand compensation for this potential exploitation...

    Quite often, moral and legal grounds are the same. In this case, I believe them to be the same.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    If yo'd rather have the family of the athlete sue NBC to stop showing the video, and demand compensation for this potential exploitation...

    Quite often, moral and legal grounds are the same. In this case, I believe them to be the same.
    What grounds would the family sue NBC on?

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    What grounds would the family sue NBC on?
    Depending on how they want to go about it, they could file a tort-based lawsuit. Permitted that the tort lawsuit is based upon injury, it could be argued that the injury to the family was emotional.

    The family could also argue that their family member's death was exploited by NBC for financial gain, and they did not receive any compensation for the gain.

    I'm not a lawyer, but if I can scrounge up two possibilities in five minutes, I'm sure an actual lawyer could establish the foundations for a class-action lawsuit in a few months.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Depending on how they want to go about it, they could file a tort-based lawsuit. Permitted that the tort lawsuit is based upon injury, it could be argued that the injury to the family was emotional.

    The family could also argue that their family member's death was exploited by NBC for financial gain, and they did not receive any compensation for the gain.

    I'm not a lawyer, but if I can scrounge up two possibilities in five minutes, I'm sure an actual lawyer could establish the foundations for a class-action lawsuit in a few months.
    The family wouldn't be able to get anything out of this, nor should they be able to.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    The family wouldn't be able to get anything out of this, nor should they be able to.
    On what grounds

    Lets face it, from an ethical standpoint, this was outside the level of decency. From a legal standpoint, there has been harm inflicted upon the family. IE, they deserve compensation if they so wish. Personally, I think they would just want NBC to take any and all videos of their son's death down. I don't think they would want any monetary compensation, if thats what you think I was arguing.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Well it is obvously a very dangerous sport.However we have to see the reality of what can happen to someone.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    If something happened there's no reason not to show it. Censorship of any kind is dumb.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    I think it's sensationalism in it's purest form. The media has relegated itself to being nothing more than entertaining(at best).
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by faminedynasty View Post
    If something happened there's no reason not to show it. Censorship of any kind is dumb.
    So if my hypothetical seven year old wants to watch a snuff film, it's a good idea to let that happen?
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