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Canberrans are a heartless bunch

By Master_Bates 7 September 2006 28

I could not believe it. The poll on Mix106’s web site ( suggests that 93% of Canberrans believe that Steve Irwin’s last moments should be shown on commercial television.

Shame, Canberra, Shame!

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terubo 5:46 pm 10 Sep 06

It’s not just Canberrans. There’s a poll on the BBC website; last time I looked, of around 47,000 people around the world, 62% want to watch it, 27% don’t, the rest are undecided.
-It’s the ones who’re undecided that worry me; I’d compel the morons to watch 20 hours of gory snuff movies just to help them get a brain.

andy 5:12 pm 10 Sep 06

I wanna see it. I beleive the public has a right to see it.
If you choose to live your life in the public spotlight then it’s only fair that the public gets to see you die in the spotlight.
(mind you, i want to see it just to giggle.)

ozmreeee 4:28 pm 08 Sep 06

What about the fuckw*ts at Mix106 evn asking the question in the first place – talk about trying to boost their ratings and website hits …

The results are probably indicative of the type of people who listen to the station rather than Canberrans as a whole

terubo 5:46 pm 07 Sep 06

Despite the producer’s determination that the footage’ll never be shown, I’d find it extraordinary if they handed the camera tapes over to the authorities without making at least a safety copy first.
And in time, safety copies can move in extraordinary ways…

Cameron 5:28 pm 07 Sep 06

I give it 2 weeks it’ll be all over YouTube.

Big Al 4:49 pm 07 Sep 06

I suspect that because such footage exists, it will see the light of day at some point – if not on the TV then on something like YouTube.

There are interesting issues here about death and sensationalism and the media and peoples privacy.

Take for instance that old favorite of the media – the peoples right to know. Do I have a right to see that footage – possibly – in the same way I had a right to wonder at the unfunnyness of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad, I don’t think you can cherry pick on that – if the cartoons get up the so should Steve and the Sting Ray. Would I watch? Depends what else is on that night.

I also think that the ‘mournstabation” thing is interesting. I’m still one of the only people who didn’t watch the Princess Dianna funeral. I can’t fathom the mass outpouring of grief from a community whose connection is as tenuous as fleeting media and marketing contact – it seems confected. I do feel for his children though – they’re too young to grasp the commercialisation of their fathers death and no matter how it happens – no little kid deserves to lose his dad.

snahon 4:49 pm 07 Sep 06


I thought it was 12
1 to change it
1 to chair the two sub-commitees
5 for sub-committee (a) to the discuss the violation of the socket.
5 for sub-commitee (b) to discuss if they should the one who changed it back into their social group for doing her own thing instead of waiting for the sub-committees to form a conclusion.

Spectra 4:40 pm 07 Sep 06

Bah – it’s hardly representative of “Canberrans” as a whole. It’s only the subset of people who both listen to/visit the website of MIX106, and also actually bother to vote in a poll there.
Personally, I’ve got no desire at all to watch it.

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