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Originally posted by Misbah
Correct me if I'm wrong.
What separates a death in Iraq from one in Boston?
Originally posted by Agent008
Because we are told anybody with brown or black skin is a terrorist or a rapist so who gives a crap what those people in the dirty countries do. We must protect the White Americas!!!
or something like that...
think it's the fact that the closer a death is to "home", the more you feel it. We all see Boston and think it could be us, our children, our friends. Iraq is so distant and foreign to us that we don't think it has a lot to do to with us. We've spent the most recent decades of our lives hearing about death and destruction overseas. We're almost immune to that news. But in America--no.
Originally posted by Bluesma
Okay, the people answering "because it is normal to pay more attention to what happens in your own country" have a valid point, and it is taken.
But see, this criticism is coming up in other countries..... why in Europe, do they spend hours playing and replaying and talking about the Boston incident, (which killed three) when the same day, terrorist attacks took 50 in a different country?
Part of the reason is that we are desensitized- we are used to hearing everyday how more people were killed in the Middle East by terrorism, and less often in the US.
Secondly, I think it is because of the huge media coverage the US is able to use. In a group of people, many may be victimized, but it is the loudest whiners that get the attention and everyone attends to. On an international scale, it works the same way. In Iraq, there was not fifty different camera crews on the spot within ten minutes, with that many channels to diffuse on, using a lot of really loud music and flashing titles engineered towards shock value.
They didn't have as much possibility to spread that noise internationally. Poor people don't have the means to be heard as far and wide.
Originally posted by LittleBlackEagle
if you're told people died in the mideast most people don't care because our country and media have vilified them and reduced their opinion to that of anything happening in the mideast doesn't matter because our society (govt.) has decreed them to be savages.
first the govt. propaganda has to reduce people to savage status then they can kill them at will and the people wont mind.
you can see it written through the halls of history.