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Guardian editing

Big city indifference to strangers may be a myth, study suggests
Behavioural experts in London find socio-economic factors to be the keys to helpfulness

Oh, right. And it’ll be the poor ‘elpin each ovver out, righ’?

In paragraph 9 we get told that:

“Most of the variation in whether help was offered was explained by neighbourhood wealth, with help being more forthcoming in higher-wealth neighbourhoods,” the authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Ah, no, it’s almost as if there’s some idea like social trust that contributes to the wealth of the community, isn’t it?

11 thoughts on “Guardian editing”

  1. As Professor Robert Putnam discovered, increased ethnic diversity destroys both interpersonal and institutional trust, so it’s not surprising that ‘vibrant’ cities are impersonal, uncaring places.

    F**k ’em.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    Of course I am going with Vibrancy as well.

    But it is interesting that the Kitty Genovese story – supposedly indicating the alienation of the big city – was a myth.

    The media hate ordinary White people and can’t pass up a chance to smear them.

  3. ” But it is interesting that the Kitty Genovese story – supposedly indicating the alienation of the big city – was a myth.”

    She was butchered by an African-American man so I imagine that the media wasn’t that interested in the real story but instead tried to switch responsibility to neighbours rather than the perpetrator.

    ‘The Witness’ is an interesting documentary made by her brother about her murder and its aftermath:

  4. “And there were tests of how often cars would stop to let a pedestrian cross the road.”
    If you have right of way don’t effing stop in the middle of the road you morons. You can only stop traffic on one side of the road so you put the pedestrian under pressure to take advantage of your generous gesture.

  5. Big city indifference is certainly a myth. If you look as if you might be carelessly carrying items of value, or if you look as if you are too inexperienced or young or incapacitated to protect your bodily orifices, then you will find that people in big cities are far from indifferent.

  6. Indeed Sam, if you’re feeling lost and lonely in London, wander around wearing a gold watch and you’ll soon be interacting with the friendly locals.

  7. @ Hallowed Be
    Apart from zebra crossings I always consider the impact of/on other traffic when deciding whether to stop for a pedestrian. I have observed from my experience as a pedestrian (which is most of the time) that other drivers do likewise – those who are the only car on that bit of road stop much more frequently.

  8. Steve Sailer likes to say that the real problem with being poor is that you’ll end up living among the poor.

  9. john77. If you’re the only car continue driving past the pedestrian. The road is then clear for them to cross. The acceptable exceptions are more to do with if you’re already stopped need to stop for some other reason.

  10. @ Hallowed Be
    So you with Superman-type vision know who is coming round the next bend in front and behind – great! I don’t and most other motorists reckon they don’t either.

  11. The problem with what you’re advocating, john77, is you’re looking at it as if you’re the only vehicle on the road. You stop to let a pedestrian cross & you’re inevitably putting pressure on the pedestrian to do just that. They’ll feel obliged to. But you’re presence blocks their view of the road behind you. To the driver of a vehicle coming up behind you, there’s no obvious reason why you’re stationary. So they may choose to overtake. Especially if it’s a motorbike. They can’t see the pedestrian. Result… And yes. I’ve seen exactly this happen.

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