scha·den·freu·de Pronunciation Key (shädn-froid)
n. Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. (dictionary.com)
You expect vitriolic responses from U.K. I.T. site "The Register," but some nice insight in the wake of last Thursday's bombings and the way people on the net seem to deal with tragedy.
Now the victims of terror attacks have to contend with a new menace: snap happy, or slap happy, camera phone users:
Subject: Return of the Flash Mobs
Expect spur of the moment mass-gatherings to be playing at the next global tragedy near you:
http://www.pfff.co.uk/weblog/archives/2005/07/surviving_a_ter_2.html, where the blogger notes -
"The victims were being triaged at the station entrance by Tube staff and as I could see little more I could do so I got out of the way and left. As I stepped out people with camera phones vied to try and take pictures of the worst victims. In crisis some people are cruel."
'We are all schadenbloggers, now' | The Register