Social media users are proving there is no end to the bounds of stupidity.
Social media users are proving there is no end to the bounds of stupidity. iStock

Social media reveals stupidity is a bottomless pit

THEY say there's two certainties in life: death and taxes.

I believe there's room for a third: social media stupidity.

Yesterday's high speed chase drove this home again with clock-work regularity, this time thanks to a few posts you can find about how the police "lost control” of the event and the ensuing chase could have been avoided if police up the coast had "arrested him”.

Well, duh.

On a Richter scale of stupidity that comment is the equivalent of Los Angeles' fabled "big one”.

There's no official Richter scale for stupidity, but some people online are trying hard to make one work.
There's no official Richter scale for stupidity, but some people online are trying hard to make one work. Geoscience Australia

In a remarkable coincidence of life, many things that happen could be avoided.

Now, I have no problem saying police are not perfect.

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I have concerns about due process and the presumption of innocence erosions, and decisions which progress us towards a police state which the AFP/media raids do nothing to quell.

But that's a far cry from not only criticising those who are actively risking their lives, but doing so from the comfort of a lounge chair with a grand total of zero facts at hand.

An armchair, a favoured instrument of some online critics.
An armchair, a favoured instrument of some online critics. Darryn Smith

It's easy to tell police "just arrest them” as though it's like buttering bread, or they should've "shot them in the leg” as though hitting a stick-thin object (and not accidentally a bystander) at 50m is child's play.

It's even more amusing when these comments are made by people who themselves couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat.

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