A wise old man once said: “If you ever knock someone down on your PMD, it would be wise for you to own up. Because #SocialMedia”
And that is just what this wise 13-year old youth did, according to a STOMP article posted on 29 December 2018.
You can watch the full video here.
While not quite the incident itself, this 52 seconds long video showcases the aftermath of the alleged incident.
In this video, an injured woman can be seen lying on a pavement while being attended to by a couple of girls.
According to Stomp, a woman “believed to be in her 20s, suffered superficial injuries and was taken to Changi General Hospital.”
A youth holding onto a PMD can be seen surrounded by a couple of other people and one can be heard telling to youth, “I know it’s an accident” and asking him to “calm down.”
When the youth lamented “I’m very sorry”, a lady can be seen patting him on the shoulder and replying, “I understand, I understand.”
Another Day, Another PMD case
You folks know what this sound is right?
Yes, that which haunts you every morning pre-alarm, pre-snooze.
It’s so well-known that there’s a video and reddit thread dedicated to it.
MYSTERY SOLVED! This is THE BIRD that has been making those chirping noise in the morning!Video credits to Benjamin Chiang
Posted by SGAG on Friday, 6 November 2015
PMD news like Mr ooooh_woo above, has slowly but surely become a daily occurrence.
Just a quick Google Search using “PMD accident news” yielded this result:
In fact, just yesterday (a Sunday no less), my workaholic colleague wrote “PMD Rider Tried a Stunt On Road, Fell & No One Came Forward To Help.”
In it, a PMD rider attempts a wheelie middle of a junction between West Coast Road and Clementi West Street 2 on 27 Dec at 8:40 p.m and crashes, ego-deflating-ly, onto the welcoming tarmac.
This dude, unlike the 13-year old wise youth surrounded by comforting folks, is left to his own device(s) (haha) while attempting to dust of the aura of shame now emanating from him.
Foucaltian Panopticism and Guilt Admission
Now now, that word above doesn’t have anything to do with popcorn, nor do I want to take anything away from the 13-year old youth’s admirable and wise confession.
Although I’ll admit; it’s quite satisfying -popcorn-movie- watching these PMD dudes learn a lesson or two (applies only to cases where no one gets hurt duh, so this doesn’t apply to the 13-year old youth case).
The idea of Panopticism is according to Wikipedia:
A social theory named after the Panopticon, originally developed by French philosopher Michel Foucault in his book Discipline and Punish. The “panopticon” refers to an experimental laboratory of power in which behaviour could be modified, and Foucault viewed the panopticon as a symbol of the disciplinary society of surveillance.
The original Panopticon, “a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century” allowed for all “inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.”
Most importantly though;
“Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all the inmates’ cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that they are motivated to act as though they are being watched at all times. Thus, they are effectively compelled to regulate their own behaviour.” (Emphasis mine)
Basically, ownself catch ownself.
While wise, it begs the question; were technology and social media not so prevalent, how often would one admit to one’s own mistakes?
That’s right, you first heard it on Goody Feed.
Hopefully that cyclist is reading this.
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