Monday 5 December 2016

Young, dumb and missing the big picture

* Young, Dumb and Dangerous, RTE Two
* Cunk On Shakespeare, BBC 2

Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30

One Punch Kill: Eugene Moloney, the subject of an RTE 2 documentary, was murdered by Gary Burch.
One Punch Kill: Eugene Moloney, the subject of an RTE 2 documentary, was murdered by Gary Burch.
Gary Burch who killed Eugene Maloney

We live in an age of moral panic. It's the human condition, of course. After all, we're hard wired both to detect danger and to warn others about it. We may have developed that skill when we were trying to avoid dangerous animals which might eat us but the instinct is as strong as ever, even if the source of the danger has changed.

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Now, with the addition of social media, we seem to exist in a state of permanent existential panic.

Inevitably, most of it is utterly ridiculous and you only have to look at the hysteria caused by Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines controversy a few years ago to see that some of us will never stop freaking out over things that are simply not worth the mental and emotional energy.

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