posted on Nov, 1 2012 @ 06:49 AM
Originally posted by polarwarrior
Actually the guy has a bit of a point, it has been non-stop news coverage here in Australia whereas some other events that were far far larger only
got the same or in some cases much less news coverage...
In 2008 Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000... and it did not get as much coverage as Sandy.
Maybe because they are "unpeople", to borrow a phrase from John Pilger, they just aren't as important as white Americans.
something in this hit a nerve, I guess.
Pretty sure it was that "unpeople" rubbish.
12 years ago this week I was in Namibia. In a pub in Windhoek, having a quiet beer. One of the locals struck up a conversation, asking if I was from
New York. I'm not. Not even an American. But I know people in NYC, friends and family. He had a brother living in Queens. After a bit of
conversation, we worked out that his brother lived about a block away from my cousin. Small world, eh?
And that's the thing about New York and the rest of the world. Go out and ask 10 random people if they know anyone who has lived in New York. Pretty
much anywhere you go in the world, you're going to run into people who know someone who does. A friend from school, a co-worker, a family member.
THAT - not simplistic racism - is why a storm in NYC is news in Australia. Because there are thousands of Australians living in and around New York.
And they have families and friends who are genuinely worried. That's why it's news in Haiti and China and Bangladesh and Japan and everywhere else
in the world. Because it's New York City. People from everywhere live there. That's what makes it news.