- By doing it before going to court, the company is avoiding the potentially larger repercussions it could face if it went to court.
- The article spends more time talking about Ken Saro Wiwa and doesn't mention the other individuals who were hung by name. Some of the others: John Kpuinen, Saturday Doobee, Felix Nuate, Daniel Gbokoo and Dr. Barinem Kiobel . (Still working on the other 3.
I realize that fame is a media beast and that newspapers/journalists are vying for attention and popularity (high school never really ends does it?). But to imply that Saro Wiwa's family was compensated negates the suffering of the other families and reduces the significance of the act. It wasn't just 1 individual amongst the nameless crowds. There were many who raised their voices against the human rights violations taking place.
In an age when charities vye for their moment in the spotlight by bringing celebrities into their fold, you sort of have to start wondering, when did our levels of apathy get so large that we needed to be rallied to the cause by a famous face? I know that we are bombarded with information to the point of feeling hopeless and helpless, but maybe if the media took the time to tell the full story, we wouldn't be able to turn our backs and shrug off the ratings game of tabloid media culture.