In the face on an emergency, college students at the University of Southern California (USC) decided to tweet first before assisting Bill Nye (The Science Guy) when he collapsed trying to reach a podium.
Who does that? Seriously, is this the kind of reaction people should have when someone is clearly incapacitated? Are we so cold hearted anymore we have to be the first to break the story, the first to tweet, the first to be the IReporter that we can’t even help a guy when he faints, passing out for a few seconds?
Even the guy in the story, Alastair Fairbanks, a USC who was there at the time, said he was “perplexed” by the student’s reactions – yet – he’s observing. He’s not rushing over to assist Nye either.
Good thing Nye didn’t die! He could have ended up on the murder tweets just like the New Orleans comic Anthony Barre complete with photos. That’s disgusting behavior by a supposedly civil society.
Have we become so low that people just stand around taking photos and tweeting like they aren’t even at the scene? Personally, I’ve seen it happen too and I am the one who elbowed through the crowd to give help. There’s no time to think people, you’ve got literally seconds when someone is in real trouble.
Certainly we’re not going to blame the lack of response on video games or movies and the violence contained within them. That would be another lame excuse for bad behavior. There comes a point of common sense – OK for today – it’s uncommon sense – but still – shouldn’t someone in the room snap out of the trance and help?
The paramedics did respond but how late? How many minutes went by before help arrived on the scene?
Well at least some good things happened – the funny Nye is still the Science Guy and a mob didn’t rush the scene crushing him so we can’t learn anything else from him.
On the other hand, I hope I never have an emergency around any of those students watching Nye that night. I’ve heard of the “deer in the headlights” stance in the face of a problem, but it must have been so shocking that the only movement was fingers flying to tweet – a clear automatic response to just about anything by the younger generation.
This situation has to make you wonder what these kids are being taught. It makes me want to take my hand and knock on there heads saying, “Hey! Is anybody home? Emergency here!”
Of course for me, there would be no time for that since I would be the one rushing to the stage and calling 911 with my cell in hand moving in the direction of looking like I’m at least trying to help.
I’m good in the face of an emergency actually and if “Party Of One” (that would be me) has to do it – well – that’s what I’ll do.
So here’s a message for Bill Nye – The Science Guy! I’ll help you Bill – you can count on me!