Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era
Edited By Moses Shumow
Chapter 3 – Ticket to Die: The Tragedy at Once Station and the Civic Use of Social Media in Argentina
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TICKET TO DIE: THE TRAGEDY AT STATION ONCE AND THE CIVIC USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN ARGENTINA
Police and justice are quite inefficient. If a man who is poor commits murder, and is arrested, he will be imprisoned, and perhaps even shot; but if he is rich and has friends, he will rely on it, and no severe consequence will ensue. It is curious that the most respectable people in the country invariably assist a murderer to escape. They seem to think the individual sins against the governing powers and not against the state…Nearly every public officer can be bribed. The headman in the post-office sold forged government franks. The governor and prime minister openly combined to plunder the state. Justice, where gold came into play, was hardly expected by any one.
Charles Darwin’s description of Argentinian societyVoyage of the Beagle, 1839
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