Trending: A Parent's Worst Nightmare As Student Studying Abroad is Found Dead

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John Durkin. Courtesy: Durkin family
John Durkin. Courtesy: Durkin family
These are stories from the Patch news network you might be interested in.
Stephany Durden February 22, 2014 at 07:06 PM
What happened to Patch being LOCAL news??
Ben M February 22, 2014 at 07:26 PM
"TRENDING" This is the most anoying mis-used title on Patch I have ever seen. One student found dead abroad is not a trend. Stop posting this crap on a local news website!
Terry Boudreau February 22, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Patch lost it's local when everyone (40% in August and 90% more in January) was laid off. It is barely regional as shown by this MA 'trending' story' running everywhere. 'Alas, poor Patch, I knew him, locally.' Thanks Willy.
Family Is Key February 22, 2014 at 08:23 PM
This was a family friend of a friend and my heart goes out to the family. I am very saddened to see the comments of heartless people above. Rest in Peace John and prayers to your family
Lin Lou February 22, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Many people are found dead abroad and uufortunately it is becoming a trend!!! Its not CRAP when someone is found dead and a family and friends are suffering, evidently you are not a parent Ben!! A tragic death like this should be posted. May John rest in peace and God give his parents peace and strength to get through this.
usmcboi February 22, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Jus go over and pop some caps into them.
LadyR375 February 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM
To clarify about the term "trending," it refers to a story that is getting a lot of attention. Also, the article says he is from Rye, which is fairly close by. And people from around here say they knew the family, so I think this qualifies as locally relevant
Anna Bucciarelli February 23, 2014 at 07:10 AM
I have no problem with this post. I love getting local news too, but like to know trends as well. It's OK by me!
Nancy February 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM
LadyR375, He's from Rye NH. I, too, find it an odd story for a local newsfeed, but unwittingly, Patch did post a 'local' story. John was a casual friend of my son's; a close friend to several area college students. And by all accounts, a great kid. Praying for his family. Unbearable. Unthinkable.
Khürt Williams February 23, 2014 at 08:58 AM
@Lin Lou Many people are found dead in Trenton. Where is the story showing the trend? Many kids are found dead on college campuses IN THE USA every year. Is that a trend too? For heavens sake, use you brain. Think!!!!
Wzzzrd February 23, 2014 at 09:15 AM
This is truly a sad story that I would expect to read in national news headline or on the Rye, NH local patch. Readers go to Patch to read local news specific to the town\region they live in. Not for something 200 miles away that has very little relevance to the local landscape. Patch is using "trending" stories to fill the obvious gaps in their local coverage due to their staff reductions.
Marjorie R. Seldon February 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM
"Trending" is a neologism that comes from Twitter and adverts to what's being talked about now. It does not refer to a trend as in what's new in terms of clothing, parenting, housing, etc. With innovation comes fresh vocabulary, and "trending" is supposed to be hip lingo, not disrespectful but instead of the moment. People want to be "clued in" with regard to the latest news in entertainment, politics, crime, etc. While I hope that students dying abroad and collapsing roofs are not trends (the directions in which the world seemed to be headed), we do seem to be learning about more catastrophic events 24/7, and the fact that we are is what's trending! Patch is trying to be relevant and to appeal to young people whose language reflects an awareness of and fascination with cutting-edge, life-altering technology. Hyperlocal news may be limited, so Patch has extended its scope. Patch wants to give the impression that it's alert and aware. It's your source for "whassup"--good, bad, and sensational. Its headlines grab you by the throat and, invite, even compel, you to read limited content. O.K., it's tabloid fodder, and we're becoming desensitized to devastating stories because they just keep on coming.
John Cobb February 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Most of these students found dead abroad were up to some scurrilous activities. Stay home, study diligently and avoid people, places & things that may harm you and the chances are good you will live.
Shirley Dicktor February 23, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Patch Trending is pathertic. Anna Bucciarells, yes this is a sad story, however it seems people just have to visit bars no matter where they are & it easily can lead to disaster. Now to the nuts & bolts, we have enough problens in So. Ca. without stuff coming to us from the East Coast. I predict Trending will fail also.
Anna Bucciarelli February 23, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I don't understand what is wrong with broadening our horizons. Yes, local news is important and I look forward to it but there's not a thing wrong with learning about what is happening beyond our back door. I think Trending offers that in a nutshell and if more information is warranted by anyone interested, it can easily be found. BTW, So. CA is not alone in problems ... this entire continent has its woes.
Vindaloo February 24, 2014 at 07:53 AM
When is everyone going to catch on that local Patch is gone. Local reporters have been laid off. There isn't anyone to report the local news for your town. Patch depended on local business ads to fund the online newspaper. If you didn't support local business, you didn't support local news reported by Patch and it's reporters. When are people going to stop thinking they can have everything they want without a price.
usmcboi February 24, 2014 at 01:45 PM
they layed of the real writers and got a bunch of monkeys to do it for peanuts, and not all local biz are worth supporting here they downright suck they need some lessons on how to cook food.
Stevo February 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Some of you people are downright nasty!! What is wrong with you people??
usmcboi February 26, 2014 at 09:58 AM
they act like they aint got no mama, or they hate the media. Cant say that I blame them media has it comin. Wait till hillary becomes president then you will see something.
usmcboi March 02, 2014 at 11:23 AM
This isnt twitter and they dont create english. We someone just get it?
John Cobb March 02, 2014 at 12:42 PM
You all need to take a break and get off here for awhile.


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