If there’s one positive aspect to writing online, besides it not being a dying medium like print, it’s that a cock-up can be noticed immediately and rectified. That’s a fact that also extends to stories that are complete and utter bullcrap, much like the Daily Mail’s recent reach-out-of-its-arse story about Sonic the Hedgehog being a blue grim reaper.
Over in the UK, the Mail ‘reported’ that a 16 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome suffered an eventually fatal heart attack, all thanks to a game of Sonic the Hedgehog. “Excitement ‘triggered fatal heart attack of teenager who died while playing his Xbox’,” read the Mail, presumably while burning copies of its university text books where the first year courses included such topics such as ‘research’ and ‘ethics’.
As for the devastated mother of the child, she wants more measures to be taken for young people to be screened in advance for such conditions, but such a plea for reason only warranted a mere footnote mention in the Daily Mail article as opportunist/writer Kerry McDermott took a swipe at gaming.
Death by Xbox folks. Another example of sterling investigative journalism by the Daily Mail, which has already spread articles of hate about anyone who doesn’t happen to be an Enoch Powell supporter.
Last Updated: July 18, 2013