FrankChurch wrote:They were discussing this on Real Time with Bill Maher, where Maher and Richard Belzer were saying that if they were not close to us or light skinned this would not make the news like it did. That at least is a good point. Eight thousand people die in Africa every day but does it make the news? They used the term 'disaster porn.'
Sure, we should all care about Japan, but their point was why doesn't the media care about other places? This is what started by rant.
I didn't want it to look like it was just me spouting off. I do understand why you were agitated, Barber.
It's a little more complicated than that. Disasters---which is a sometime arbitrary label---carry their own weight. Eight thousand die in Africa every day? Then it's every day. Even in this country, we get all upset when some idiot drives a car into a public mall and runs down a bunch of people but nary a hiccup for the forty-plus thousand a year who die in "ordinary" car accidents.
Earthquakes, floods, etc. seem to prompt a response that everyday death doesn't and it doesn't seem to matter where or who the victims are.