A CNN.com article with the headline “Med student held without bail in possible Craigslist killing” was sent to me this morning. I get annoyed with headlines like this implying Craigslist or any of numerous other tools (Facebook, MySpace, AIM) are responsible for someone’s death. The victim in this case was killed by a sick person and that is where the blame should be placed. In addition to Craiglist I’m sure the killer used a computer, the internet, a car, public streets, and numerous other items, including a murder weapon, that aren’t highlighted in the headline.
If as much thought and time was put into finding and helping the sick individuals as is being put into pointing the blame finger at the wrong things, we might stop some people from getting hurt.