Tragic prank reflects cultural divide

  • Article by: REKHA BASU , Des Moines Register
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 7:04 PM

A hospital nurse committed suicide after falling victim to an Australian radio station's "prank." What are the lessons?

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dshannon1042Dec. 11, 12 7:27 PM

"We laughed." No, "WE" didn't. Prank calls are cruel. They have one purpose, to humiliate someone on the other end of the phone. Those DJ's are bullies, they took joy in the humiliation of two nurses.

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FrankLDec. 11, 12 8:23 PM

No, the problem is people taking the royalty too seriously, after all we are in the 21st century. She did not reveal military secret that would put someone in danger, just revealed that a pregnant woman had morning sickness.

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jdlellis1Dec. 11, 12 9:13 PM

The Lessons: First, this Social Networking/People Magazine sect has little respect for privacy. Which leads to the second item where the Saturday Night Live/Pop-Culture mentality lacks a a core ethics, morals and values. Just look at those who idealize Michael Moore, Bill Maher, Garrison Keller, all intelligent, articulate and a mean-spirited "Minnesota Nice" persona.

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blahserblahDec. 11, 12 9:18 PM

Excellent article. Amazing how the 'golden rule' in its simplicity would have completely avoided this breach of decency. Or as 'Bill and Ted' would say...just be excellent to each other. My God folks, regardless of culture, can't we just 'be excellent' to each other?

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boris123Dec. 11, 12 9:18 PM

You have no clue about her medical history and certainly cannot shed any light on her suicide. Also, one person's entertainment such as a prank call is just that, a prank. It's not "bullying" which has become the new mantra of helicopter parenting.

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erikj3Dec. 11, 12 9:29 PM

Shock jocks are disgusting. Go after public figures if you must but leave normal people alone.

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freedubayDec. 11, 12 9:30 PM

Wait, wait. All she did was forward the call. She never gave an update about the Duchess's condition. How about the nurse that did? Is she under observation for suicide. There more to this than what is being reported.

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djscoreDec. 11, 1210:43 PM

It's part of a coarsening of behavior in general, or perhaps it's part of a trend toward disclosing and broadcasting the coarseness of some people's behavior, as if to say, "isn't it awful?" Two Indian women dead, one seeking an abortion in Ireland, and another killing herself, all in the name of losing the struggle to adapt to a very strange culture.

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barbjensDec. 12, 12 7:28 AM

"Pranks" are usually only amusing to the ones doing them. It is many times humiliating to the person it is done to. You do not know what the level of humiliation it will have in the recipient. They should be ashamed to have broadcast it all over. As far as the "Royalty" is concerned -- they deserve some privacy and consideration also, not an instrument of your amusement, espcially at that time.

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ccbeanDec. 12, 12 7:52 AM

I don't think we need to know what the other nurse is doing or may do. It didn't matter that she only forwarded the call; did you read the article? They were being humiliated by people for falling for the prank and frankly, people have way too much to say how other people should or should not act. Wow. We all know what century it is, that matters why?

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