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originally posted by: seabhac-rua
And no, I will disagree with the notion that ordinary folk are talking about the air crash just because it's all that is on the news at the moment. Why? Because quite simply they don't really care about what Israel is doing to the Palestinians, that's old news, they do care about a plane crash because something like that could happen to themselves or a loved one.
originally posted by: grainofsand
Firstly, for the record, and to avoid the typical emotional responses from people who do not read topics properly, I feel sympathy for anyone anywhere who has lost a loved one through murder or violence. Death of any individual causes emotional suffering to all the people involved in their life, and I do not wish that on anyone, but deaths affect me no more or less if I do not know the victims, regardless of the circumstances.
I watch a mixture of BBC/ITV/Al-Jazeera/RT news simply to have an awareness of what 'the masses' are seeing as the current 'important' news.
Of course, this missile strike on a civilian aircraft is a horrendous act and nearly 300 people needlessly lost their lives. The story is a tragic one as any death story is, but the only significance it has to my life is the potential geo-political/war issues that may follow as a result.
This OP is relating solely to my considerations of the UK media, and right now it seems to be on a mission of emotional background stories of the 10 British folk who lost their lives, their future life plans, how sad their grieving families are, and everything that the world is now missing after their deaths. I cannot disagree with any of that in principle, but around 10 people are murdered in the UK every week and their loss will make a local newspaper story at best.
Why are the lives of 10 British citizens on a plane apparently so much more worthy of such a big obituary than the people murdered every day in the UK?
If the story is about mass killings then why are the passengers of that plane more newsworthy than the similar number that Israel has murdered on the Gaza strip in the last week? I noticed the land offensive story was pretty much buried by the plane deaths.
How many people have died from car bombs in Iraq in the last few days? How many have suffered the same fate in Nigeria, Somalia, or other strife ridden places so far this month? Are they not newsworthy because they are not British, or is it the dramatic circumstances of a downed plane that makes it more important?
As I said, people are murdered everyday, in equally horrific circumstances all over the world, but the background story of their lives are never investigated and presented as something we should all feel greater sorrow for, so why are these 10 British victims so much more important to the media?
Again, I feel sympathy for anyone I'm aware of who has lost a loved one, so please don't get all emotional and claim that I am uncaring, but I cannot cry for the whole world, and there are many more people being killed every day in social/political conflicts than this one aircraft.
The story of this attack on MH17 is of course significant for airflight security and geo-political concerns, but as someone living in the UK, aside from a general sadness for anyone who has lost a loved on in any circumstance anywhere, I do not see why emotional TV media background stories of UK victims are any more important than the 10 people murdered on the streets here every week.
Again, please don't be silly and cry "uncaring person" as I feel for anyone who has lost a loved one through murder, but I do ask why the media seems to care more about the individual lives of this incident when many more people are killed in equally horrific circumstances all over the world every day?
Perhaps the emotional background stories sell more newspapers than the wider political concerns of what actually caused this horrible incident, and how it could influence the near future?