London’s Metro newspaper has today published the most twisted anti-iPod story I’ve ever seen - alleging a student was killed by a crashing helicopter partially because he was wearing an iPod.
Naturally, the report is fair throughout (not), beginning with the immortal words: “Loud iPod headphones have been partly blamed after an oblivious student was hit and killed by a helicopter.”
Now, let’s think about this: most people -with or without iPods - don’t really expect to be walking innocently down the road only to have to dodge (with ninja-like speed) out of the way of a rapidly falling helicopter.
And, for most of us, well, face it, we’d be transfixed in terror, stuck to the spot, watching our rapidly approaching doom approach. Fight or flight is a reaction to fear, but first you need to get over the terror. Most of us lack the kind of armed forces training that helps us deal with such situations.
But why let the facts of life get in the way of an anti-iPod report? Certainly, Metro didn’t see the need to do this. And while I don’t mean at all to be insensitive to the tragic death of 23-year old Canadian student Isaiah Otieno, I really can’t see that the danger of objects falling from the sky should be a reason to not use an iPod.
“Now the tragedy has prompted a debate on whether there ought to be more restrictions on the volume of headphones attached to personal music players,” writes Metro, with all the innate versimilitude of an internet boards trollster.
Witnesses say the hapless student didn’t know what was coming - he couldn’t hear it. Given that if he had of heard the incoming vehicle he’d have spent the last few seconds of his life in absolute terror, with just a slim chance of dodging out the way, it’s possible, isn’t it, that listening to an iPod was the best way to go.
Oh, but never let such notions get in the way of a completely misconstrued report.
Absolute rubbish emanating from the ‘anti-’ brigade.
Here’s a link - but I don’t see why you should encourage them by visiting it, they only run this nonsense to generate traffic, at least that’s my personal opinion.