Thursday, February 02, 2006

"Common sense is not so common"

Some of you may have seen the recent news story pertaining to the lawsuit filed by a man claiming that iPods cause hearing loss. I don't own an iPod, but like most other mp3/audio players, I'm sure they have a volume control on them. Once again, where is the personal responsibility? Will we need to stick warning labels on knives because they might cut something? We already have to warn people that coffee MAY BE HOT! This is horseshit. When are people going to start accepting responsibility for their own actions?
It must be hard to be a judge these days in our judicial system. Deciding what is truely manufacturer culpability and what is negligence in using common sense might not be all that easy. Voltaire said that "common sense is not so common" but deciding just what constitutes "common sense" may be the hard part. Thanks in part to Micro$oft, the media, and many other things, the dumbing down of America continues. People should have to be responsible for their own actions and the resulting outcomes unless there is blatant and willful disregard for safety on the part of a manufacturer. Even then, it should be "consumer beware"! I have no problem whatsoever with people being removed from the gene pool if they ignorantly use a hairdryer in the tub or if injured or killed while doing something else just as stupid which is why we have so many ridiculous warning labels now. Thoughts or opinions?

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