You may have seen the video of the little girl crying about “Bronco Bamma” and Mitt Romney already. If not, take a look:
This video has gone viral because it touched a nerve with people who are sick of hearing about the election. However, it touched a different nerve with me. I’ve realized that, whenever someone is in distress, everyone’s first instinct is now to film it. Getting the moment on video is the most important thing, and helping the person is second. I noticed the same thing during Hurricane Sandy. First responders are trying to save babies and clear streets before falling cranes crush people’s skulls, and everyone stands around filming it on their iPhone. This all started with guys filming their buddies falling off skateboards. Then it moved on to people filming during disasters. Now parents are sitting around filming while their children cry. Help out, motherfuckers! Grab a tree branch, save a senior citizen, console a baby… do something. It’s one thing to tape your friends trying a trick basketball shot or a baby dropping n-bombs, but when someone is in distress, perhaps you should assist them instead of filming. Or at the very least, travel with a buddy, that way one of you can help a person in trouble while the other one posts it on Twitter. If the inventor of the buddy system heard me say that he’d cringe, but hey, that’s what it’s come to these days.