An event of some type has occurred someplace. Agh!!

What in the name of buggery is all this about? A typical example from Friday's national news:

A woman and a seven-year-old boy are in a serious but stable condition in hospital following a road accident near Croom in Co Limerick yesterday evening. Three other people were also taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick after the crash, which involved two cars. The woman and child were on foot when one of the cars spun out of control and hit them. The accident occurred at Rourke's Cross on the main Limerick to Charleville road around 5.30pm. – RTÉ News

What are we supposed to glean from this? Ans: A car crash occurred. What information does it contain? Two anonymous people were hurt in Croom. Fascinating.

My apologies if you happen to know the people involved, I don't mean to be flippant but this only makes me think: 'So What?'

What is the actual meaning of this article, what is the message it is trying to convey? That Rourke's Cross is dangerous? Driving is dangerous? Cars can spin around? Travelling on foot is dangerous???

This idiocy is not just confined to online news (where I found this story) but can be found in printed news, on television news, and most annoyingly, because of the intimate and urgent tones of the newsreader, on radio news. It's absurdist Orwellian nonsense: 'Pay attention! Something has occurred somewhere to someone!'

If this is some kind of public service campaign to scare drivers it's not working. Are they trying to suggest that the roads are becoming more dangerous? Then just say so. I don't know about you, but I don't accept anonymous anecdotes as evidence of anything. Are we supposed to determine the average safety levels of local roads by a vague feeling about how many of these vacuous reports we've heard lately? I would rather trust statistical data personally.

They could at least wait until the names are released–since they never seem to bother telling us who those people were from last week's anonymous crash.

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