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Padraig Gaffney, a 29-year-old Irishman living in Australia, who was found dead. Photo by: Facebook

Irish immigrant’s suicide exposes all that’s wrong with online media

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Padraig Gaffney, a 29-year-old Irishman living in Australia, who was found dead. Photo by: Facebook

But the problem with so many of the pieces written prior to Gaffney’s death is that they were not straightforward reporting. They were flecked with sarcasm, written with a raised eyebrow and a nudge, telling readers to 'take a look at this drunk idiot.'

There is a time and a place for sarcasm and slagging, provided we consider where to draw the line. Just because we have the ability to go back and change our words does not mean that we don’t have to be careful.

Overcompensating in retrospect doesn’t make up for anything.


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