Charlift incidents make good news. The press likes them because they are unique and get attention, whether you are a skier or not. Many people are afraid of heights and the story plays into their fears.
On a side note, it would be interesting to compare people's perception of ski injury today compared to the time in the past when there was no substantial use of the internet to obtain information. In the past, skiers knew that now and then a skier broke a leg or tore an ACL. Most people never really thought about it much and most never could connect a face or personality to an injury story, and nobody had access to the gorey details.
On a site like this, you can hear the stories, see images of the wounds, hear experiences of medical procedures and surgery, post-op pain etc. Skiers who had an injury recall in vivid detail how the injury happened, what they felt, and how it all played out.
Naturally, people might get a little anxious and start making posts about why boot-top fractures are an issue and everyone shares a theory. People start getting a bit freaked out and worried. Binding safety issues and DIN debates erupt -- Are my bindings set too high? Too low? I am on Markers. Am I ok? Will I pre-release ? I heard Markers do that !
A decade ago, many of the skiers who currently fret over these issues probably wouldn't give them much thought. Many wouldn’t give a whole lot of preference to what brand of bindings they were on or if their DIN was too high or low. The shop would set the bindings to the reccomended specs, hand you your skis, and off you go. You would go ski and have fun and that would be the end of it. Today, many skiers are likely to fret over an issue such as whether they should crank their bindings higher than what the shop set them at -- likely because they read about pre-release horror stories on the net
Although it has added the benefit of increased awareness of some safety issues, I think that obtaining information over the internet has increased the general level of paranoia and worry among skiers.