"It Was a Freak Accident" by ProQuest


It was a freak accident has a curious effect on people. It seems that the expression suggests a final explanation instead of a beginning point for serious inquiry and analysis. To a journalist, it is a device to generate interest in an otherwise unimportant humdrum sports event. Perhaps the most interesting report in this research, "It Was a Freak Accident" An Analysis of the Labeling of Injury Events in the U.S. Press, by Katherine Smith, Deborah Girasek, Susan Baker, et al., is the suggestion that when something is elevated to "freak accident," responsibility becomes amorphous at best. This sort of accident deflects responsibility from the injured person, the owner/manager, and shifts it away from any other person.

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