The Internet and news media have been playing on a short video which surfaced today. In it twins are seen playing in their room around a chest of drawers. Two of the drawers are open and a clear challenge to climb upon, and so both do.
Any parent half within their wits will know exactly what happens next: the now unstable drawers tip forward, on top of the twins. The Swedish furniture concern IKEA can tell you a few things about this, since they’ve just been sued for exactly this type of accident, and their apparent failure either to prevent it, or to tell a bunch of clearly ignorant parents of the dangers. For IKEA it is one of those ‘I didn’t know coffee was hot’ law suits which merely goes to show how stupid some people are.
This video, however, is something else. It has been lauded as a good example of the intelligence of one of the twins, who miraculously saved his brother. Not that he really needed saving, he was well on his way to freeing himself, but this is news media, and it makes a good story when inconvenient truths are left out.
Such as the fact that both of the twins caused this piece of furniture to fall over. Such as the length of time which went by where it was clear that the ‘hero’ brother really didn’t care that his twin was trapped, crying and perhaps even hurt. Such as the small section of the video where the ‘hero’ twin climbed over the drawers, crushing his brother and endangering him even more.
There are heroes and there are news stories. The two are not necessarily the same.
- Viktoria Michaelis.