our short attention spans

Remember this story: young, beautiful ballerina, student at Syracuse college, murdered during Thanksgiving break, supposedly by her estranged on-again-off-again boyfriend?

If you google her name, you get page after page of newspaper postings from late November.

But what’s happened since? Does anybody know? Does anybody care?

Is our attention span really this short?

I’m just as bad — I was just popping through various months on my blog to read old posts, just curious as to whether there were things I had forgotten about, and THIS WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF THEM.

I’m ashamed of myself.

I can’t help but wonder if the world as a whole paid significant and lasting attention to such atrocities whether there might be fewer of them.

Do we really see each other? Are we looking out for each other? Are we so afraid of violating someone’s privacy or of getting ourselves into “trouble” that we don’t reach out when people need us? Are we so hungry for the latest “dish” that we can’t be bothered to maintain attention, concern, empathy?


3 Responses to “our short attention spans”

  1. 1 Boston Margy
    February 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I blame the media and other attention-shortening agents. We really don’t think beyond the next headline.

  2. February 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The media uses sensational stories like this to catch our attention and get us to watch or visit their websites. They’re not a bit interested in follow-up, unless they think it will continue to grab interest (and boost ratings).

    I don’t remember anything about a ballerina. However, the woman who was a designer and was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend in NYC caught my eye, and I read a follow-up article about her recently. It was very sad. She was an up and coming swimwear designer, had the energy and talent to make it successful, had made the right connections and even launched her own swimsuit line, only to have the funding pulled, but was working for another designer and eventually intended to get back into business for herself, when this happened.

    No one could believe this girl wasn’t still going to be a big success, nor that she got involved with this low-life who killed her. It was quite a shock to her family and friends. She didn’t have a sick history with men, either, which is why her fate seemed so puzzling. I felt awfully sad after reading about her life and potential.

    We might well have shorter attention spans these days, but I guess it’s up to us to do the follow-up, since the media clearly isn’t going to.

  3. February 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    That’s one thing I hate about the news. I always want to know about things later on and if they ever do have an update it’s only one time. I might not have been watching that one time!

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