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  •  Actually, I should be kinder to "us". (3+ / 0-)
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    markthshark, Villanova Rhodes, aznavy

    There's too damn much information out there.  Too much news.  I don't believe we, as a species, are cut out to handle it.  We have to compartmentalize and ignored, because there's too. much. stuff. happening on the other side of the globe, and too little we really feel we can do about it.

    And in a way, the more your invested, the more it will break your heart.  The more I read in the lead-up to the Iraq War, the more I raged, the more I ranted... and friends who lived in D.C. and N.Y.C. dismissed me because I didn't know what it had been like on 9-11.

    It was infuriating to me.  I was helpless even to convince long-time and intelligent friends that Iraq had had nothing to do with 9-11.

    And the war... the death and the loss, and for nothing...

    I've had to back away from my feelings about that, because they'd be too much otherwise.

    So if people cannot look at starvation on an unfathomable scale... I get it.

    I regret it, but I get it.

    •  Good observation. We are bombarded with (1+ / 0-)
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      cai

      information which we can easily avoid. Let's face it, the news today is overwhelmingly and is brought to us in a way that leaves us feeling isolated and helpless.

      This catastrophe is not quite registering the way, say, the 2004 tsunami did. Perhaps because it is in Africa, perhaps because it is regional, perhaps because it not a quick act of nature. Regarding media, if people change channels when presented with images of starving children, is there a calculus NOT to delve into such news at length?  Or the reverse, is there an effort not to show enough of relief efforts to shock audiences? This must be broken down into something a) is not overwhelming b) where Americans can be shown that small steps can result in measurable outcomes. This famine is probably better covered on TV Evangelist channels, where people are used to giving small donations to help disasters worldwide (even if they are giving to save souls).

      All problems contain the seeds of their own solutions and all solutions contain the seeds of the next set of problem. - Jonas Salk

      by the fan man on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 05:17:16 AM PDT

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