posted on Apr, 22 2013 @ 01:42 AM
Originally posted by watchitburn
reply to post by jude11
I understand what you are saying.
But most of ATS does live in the US, so it is to be expected.
And maybe it's just me, and my deficiency of knowledge about China, but that place just seems really large and mostly unknown. Then add in all the
negative propaganda that is pushed on the public about China, and you can see how a lack of interest results.
Lastly, I think people have become very jaded and desensitized to news about earthquakes, to the point that anything under an 8 is regarded as
inconsequential. Despite the dense population and lack of building codes of some areas effected.
But yeah, the more globally diverse news and discussions we can produce here, the better off ATS as a community will be.
I couldn't, or I should say wouldn't have said it better myself. Reason being, i'm tired of the whiny attitude people have in this regard about the
US. It reminds me of White Sox fans crying about their team not being talked about on sports radio enough during years when the Cubs are the better
Which tragedies garner more sympathy for people in Thailand? A building fire where a bunch of people die trapped in Thailand, or a massive car
accident in the US?
Were Russians as crushed by Fukushima as they were about Chernobyl? Heck, it doesn't even need to be tht far away...A guy got killed not too far from
where I live recently. Big deal for me. I felt really bad for the guy, couldn't help thinking about what it must be like for his family and friends,
and I was concerned about a killer in the area who hasn't been found. A bunch of people were murdered in cities all over the US and the world just
today, and to this day, I still have more interest in the one down the street than all of the others combined.
To the OP, I can see why you feel the world is overly US-centric, as the US sports the biggest media machine in the world, by far, which also does
contribute to the attitude a small but loud percentage of people in the US have, that the whole world should cry out in agony every time someone is
victimized in the US, but that simply is not the case with the majority of Americans, and certainly not with more than a few scattered individuals if
you don't county those with IQs under 70.
So please, realize that it is longstanding human nature, not only in the US, but throughout the world, to care more about those things which are
"closer to home" (hence the phrase), and in many cases, specifically those which affect their own country and countrymen moreso than those of other
nations. And further, if you want to share information about something, don't title your thread in such a way as to guarantee reduced interest in the
topic. I knew about the earthquake, and pay a great deal of attention to earthquakes, but I paid no mind at all to that aspect of your thread, as it
clearly wasn't your point anyhow.