I have never enjoyed flying. Although I would stop short of saying that I have a fear of flying – after you have been in a small plane flown by your wife who has never flown one before, you tend to put trust in the capable hands of a professional pilot.
However, that is kind of the problem we are being reminded of by the media – you can’t.
The awful, tragic news of Germanwings flight 4U 9225 quickly moved it’s focus from the news of the incident itself to the apparent murder-suicide of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz.
As a society, we need someone to blame and as part of this, the media will also create a moral-panic (Cohen 1972), causing the proletariat (that’s me & you), to want to find out more about a certain event or linked events. Continue reading “Flying & Moral Panics”