Ms Flack’s death is a symptom no one will heed, but they should

Tabloid newspapers are busy deleting their bullying, revolting articles about Caroline Flack, but those who wrote and published them can’t erase their guilt. Neither can the members of the public who posted hateful comments about her online. As Ms Flack herself wrote: “in a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

If only her death were to lead to positive changes in how people treat people, how the media behaves. But of course it won’t. Ours is a hopelessly lost global civilisation in a long, protracted death spiral. Ms Flack’s suicide is one of many symptoms.

The accolades for Ms Flint’s professionalism and personality come too late to save her after the torrent of abuse she received from the press and other complete strangers. Every day billions post bitter, hateful poison online without a thought or care for the impact of their words. It has to stop. But how do we make it stop? Can it even be stopped? I don’t know. Do you?

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