Monday, April 21, 2014

Bystander Effect in a Subway Tragedy

This article is about a 58 year old man, Ki-Suck Han, who had an altercation with a homeless man in the Times Square subway station. As a result of the altercation, the man was pushed into the tracks, and could not get up. It was in the middle of the day, so there were many people there, and the witnesses did nothing to help. It was said that some witnesses even took pictures while watching, and after he begged for help no one came to assist him. People clearly 1. noticed the event, as it was a fight resulting in the man being stuck in the track, and people were engaged in watching. 2. Interpreted it as a problem, because how could one not if the person is specifically asking for help to get up and not be hit by a train. 3. Assuming personal responsibility is where it becomes tricky. There were many people, so that automatically makes people freeze and expect the others to do something. Also there is a chance that they could get hurt, incase by pulling the man up, they fell in the tracks. 4. Knowing how to help is something that has multiple options, as a person could directly go to the man and pull him up or run for help, or talk to other people about creating a solution to the problem. In this case it seems that no one did any of those things. That is when it stopped, because the man was hit by a train and died. 

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