When posts collide
In the last week, two stories repeatedly caught the attention of this blog: Tony Dungy's call for male role models following his son's apparent suicide and the impact of the internet on the so-called MySpace Generation. Today's NY Daily News brought the two threads together in an article, "The final hours of James Dungy," that attempted to unravel the mystery of why an apparently well-adjusted, well-loved teen would kill himself. Among the signs of trouble, the reporter found:
"Despite his many friends, the apparent direction he received from his family and the ease he had around people, including adults, Dungy had a personal page on Myspace.com that was quite stark. It included sexual images, references to weapons and marijuana, an anti-police epithet ("F--- the police," an allusion to an illicit-lyric N.W.A. rap song) and a photo of Dungy with his face obscured by a black bandana. The page has since been taken down."One way or another, our kids are clamoring for our attention. Increasingly, they're doing it online. It's time to pay attention.