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Texting killing tells us one thing
CNN, by David Weinberger

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/15/2014 4:14:20 AM

Thousands of clicks per minute. More than 23,000 reader comments, with the counter spinning like an odometer in a "Fast and Furious" movie. With 45 murders a day in the United States and about one a minute worldwide, why have so many of us fastened on this one? Why do we care so much about the shooting death of someone for texting during a movie? It´s clear from the headlines why the media are featuring the story: It´s not just a fatal shooting. It´s a fatal shooting over texting. As a crime story, it would be confined to the local Tampa


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/15/2014 6:08:17 AM     (No. 9692538)

Maybe I need another cup of coffee but it seemed to me that this article was a lot of words that, ultimately, told us not one thing. It is CNN, after all.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: toodles3956, 1/15/2014 6:43:53 AM     (No. 9692561)

Cellphones are a menace to society. Wrong, it´s the people who abuse them and can´t for one minute do anything else. The LAST lunch I had with a friend consisted of her explaining to her grandson why he couldn´t have a cookie before dinner, over and over and over. I think everyone in the restaurant would have taken a shot at her if they could have. One simple word would have ended the matter. "No" is a perfectly good word. A message to Grandmas, we all know you love the kid but the rest of us don´t!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Aud, 1/15/2014 7:22:45 AM     (No. 9692596)

I agree, #1, the writer should have just taken an extra hour or two sleep rather than publish his comments.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 1/15/2014 8:55:29 AM     (No. 9692704)

There are no details whatsoever on this "encounter". I´m imagining a dialogue related to the ubiquitous nature of cell phone use. My bad. Nothing that I can imagine justifies ending the young man´s life.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/15/2014 9:07:15 AM     (No. 9692721)

If I´m ever stuck on a flight sitting next to someone unable to hang up their cell phone or speak without shouting...

Just saying.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/15/2014 9:14:13 AM     (No. 9692735)

It´s risky challenging some of these people, even in a polite, quiet way. I was once chased out of a theater by a woman I had asked to use a whisper instead of a normal tone of voice when she lengthily explained the movie to her little son.

This shooting was a horrible event, brought about by a thoughtless texter and an viciously overreacting shooter. But, like an earlier poster, I can almost understand.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hammock, 1/15/2014 4:00:15 PM     (No. 9693381)

Even my casual perusal of some of the stories came up with more information than Weinberger´s article.

Information I would like to know is what is meant by the confrontation becoming physical (before the shot). Did the guy hit the shooter or did he only throw popcorn on him? Shooter asked deceased twice to stop texting, then left and complained to management. When he returned to his seat the shootee confronted shooter with a reproach about calling on management, then there was a "physical" confrontation and something involving popcorn. Inquiring minds want to know.

After reading some of the trial transcripts on the Zimmerman case, I know the captured media wants nothing more than to say the guy was shot for texting, for a couple of reasons, and they care nothing for transmitting actual information.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/15/2014 4:03:14 PM     (No. 9693384)

Apparently another couple has come forward to say that Reeves was giving them a hard time - in the same theater - a couple of weeks´ ago. The issue then: texting.

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