If you guessed "those vile, reprehensible videogames," then you're absolutely correct. The Daily Mail
has published a report on Jake Roberts, a 13-year-old British youth who took his own life in February following an argument over a confiscated Wii game. A tragic tale, to be sure, but there's no doubt that the Mail
's angle on the story leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
In truth, this is hardly surprising. The Daily Mail
stooped low to make its point, and the newspaper can barely wait to get into the shameful, dirty business of pointing fingers and furthering its own anti-gaming agenda through the story of a teen ending his own life. Tasteful, right? Right from the first line and throughout most of the article, the Mail
insists on linking Jake's death with the dispute over his Wii, wilfully ignoring the possibility that other factors may have influenced Jake's sad decision over a longer period of time.
Or, to put it another way, it's another proud day for the mainstream press.