The Yue Yue video is gut-wrenching and gruesome, a graphic illustration of the harrowing power of indifference. It is so profoundly affecting that it demands interpretation: to deal with the horrific behaviour it depicts we transform it into metaphor for a lack of Chinese empathy or social decay. It’s the only way to impose meaning on something that seems so incomprehensible.

… imagine if, every time we walked by someone passed out on the footpath, it was filmed and edited into a reel of our indifference: we would be deeply ashamed of our collective callousness and realise that, yes, we are all prone to the bystander effect. (Times) >