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Exploring the bystander effect

I just finished reading an astounding book, The Unresponsive Bystander: Why Doesn’t He Help? by Bibb Latané and John M Darley (Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1970). Latané and Darley set out to understand what makes the modern bystander so apparently apathetic and callous, watching but not helping as others are hurt, maimed and even die. 1,924 more words


The Bystander Effect: Why You Should Always Help That Old Man

The other day as I was driving down a busy road to work I noticed an old man walking in the direction of a petrol station, an empty car pulled up onto the curb a little way behind him. 1,389 more words

Breaking Out Of Bad Thinking

Innocent bystanders?

A little over fifty years ago, in March of 1964, the New York Times broke a cover story entitled, “37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police.”  Young Kitty Genovese had been attacked and killed by a mentally ill assailant as she was returning home from work.  496 more words

Theological Musing

The Corruption of Media

It’s a scene that is depicted often; a tragedy occurred when a young child was shot when caught in between a drive-by. You see a mother crying straight into the camera at the loss of her child. 304 more words

Beginning With a Whisper

By Emily Zimmermann

The word “bystander” has always made me anxious – mostly because I really don’t want to be one. I try to be vigilant about what is going on in my surroundings and keep watch for injustice. 999 more words


Bystander Effect

Last night my friend and I were on an 11pm bus from West wood LA to Santa Monica. We’d just finished up at a LA pre-fashion week event, invitation by my coworker, Jenny. 818 more words

Art And Fashion

The Power to Change the World

On the afternoon of September 18th, a teenage driver lost control of his SUV as he sped down Salt Lake City’s Indiana Avenue. The GMC Yukon tore through the safety barrier, went airborne into a ravine, and landed upside down in three feet of water and the bottom of the gully. 145 more words