• Felix MeadowFelix Meadow, over 5 years ago

    The problem is when you select tragedies.

    The implication is that some humans are worth more than others, or some skin colours are worth more than others.

    There are hundreds of other tragedies around the world. Yemen is a tragedy, only made possible by US weapons and support for opressive governments. Palestine is a tragedy, only made possible by US support for oppressive governments. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed unjustly by the US and her allies in Iraq, but Facebook doesn't give me to the option to change my profile to an Iraqi flag.


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    • Sander VisserSander Visser, over 5 years ago

      I've came to realize this more and more lately. We haven't had such news and media coverage on the Russian airplane, the attack in Beirut, terrorist attacks in Nigeria and on any other terrorist attack outside the EU and US. It's like those people don't really matter to us. I wonder if they actually don't or that it is created by the media.

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      • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        It's both literal and perceived proximity, plain and simple. Not some big conspiracy by the media to marginalize non-western people.Speaking as an American, I know the US is far closer to France than they are to Lebanon or Nigeria in terms of pop culture, tourism, shared history, way of life, political alignment, economics, and so on.

        French is taught in every American high school in the country. Your average American cannot even imagine themselves being in an open air market in Baga, Nigeria. Name me 5 capital cities in central Africa without Googling. I couldn't either. Does this make us evil, uncaring westerners? Or just normal humans lacking unlimited brain capacity for omnipresent empathy?

        To put it conversely, when racial tensions were heating up in the US recently with Ferguson, the Charleston shooting, the marches all over the country, the black lives matter movement, etc....do you think TV stations in Beirut or Russia were covering these issues 24/7? Do you think a majority of Russians or Syrians were posting all over social media with the #blacklivesmatter hashtag?

        To follow your logical premise, why are you not upset that the struggles of black people in America don't really matter that much to the citizens of Japan?

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        • Sander VisserSander Visser, over 5 years ago

          You are completely right, actually. Thanks for clearing my mind up.

          I do think there might be a small difference in this specific case, which is that the attack in Paris, the Russian plane and the attack in Beirut were all caused by ISIS. I think that should make us as Europeans (not sure where you're from) more aware of what is happening because of ISIS anywhere in the world instead of just the cities or places we feel more familiar with.

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          • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago

            I definitely agree we should be bringing more attention to anywhere ISIS is attacking. It's a problem for sure, I wish people could connect and empathize with a foreign culture/place more easily. Although if that were the case, ISIS probably wouldn't be around in the first place haha. I do think education and travel helps tremendously.

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      • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, over 5 years ago

        Everyone in this thread is a part of 'the media'.

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