reply to post by Merriman Weir
Some of you people don't understand at all.
Look when a plane crashes the newscaster states 160 people were killed, "no Briton's were on board",or no Americans were on board.This allows us to
dismiss the incident as 1) We don't know who these people are,2) We never saw them,3) We don't know them,they are strangers, we don't know their
culture, we don't want to know either, in other words they don't exist in our conscienceless for more than a transient second.
Now contrast this with the plane which landed in the Hudson river,in America a few weeks and no one was killed.The news programs spend a full 12
minutes on that"tragedy"out of a 25 minute long news program.
That week at least a full 5 hours was devoted to the survivors on the news.
Interviews were done with the survivors,their relatives,the plane crew were hailed as hero's.they were showing over and over again how the survivors
got out and there was massive publicity on the radio,the TV,the papers.Even though nobody died.
The following week the publicity was less but 2 weeks later again massive publicity was given with video footage of the plane landing on the
river.Again everyone was interviewed after it was confirmed birds had gone into the engines.
The plane survivors were real people.We know their names,their faces, we know that one was a hockey player, another one was a a student going to see
his mother in Seattle, another one was going to a convention.In other words we saw these people as real cogent,alive people.
We saw their faces,We saw them as real people.
It is true thousands of other people have cancer but they are not real as we don't know them.We have never met them,or seen their faces, or are
familiar with their pain or hopes, dreams,aspirations.They are not part of our world view.They are complete strangers.
The human mind cannot imagine more than 6 or 7 distinct points at the same time as Koestler proved.
In the same way Jade Goody is alive, real to us,she is part of our lives as she has been on TV for many 1000's of hours,she is on the radio,the
TV,the papers,the magazines.She cannot be dismissed.She is more real than real.She is a part of our lives.She is a part of our world shaping reality
and as such is more important as evidenced by the massive attention being given to her as a result of our huge interest in her.