Monday, December 27, 2004

Meanwhile in South Asia
22,000 brown people die in Tsunami. More tragically, several dozen white people seem to have perished as well. Via Pandagon.


At 11:18 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

So, I was about to poo-poo you, since certainly a LOT of the media attention has been on the death and displacement of non-Euroeans, but watching the BBC right now as we speak, I'm pretty aghast.

Now, I should preface this by saying that I understand some kinds of reporting are easier (and more cost-effective and less risky...) for news agencies, but the recurrent interviews with European holiday-makers, in which said holiday-makers (often British, reasonably enough, on the BBC) lament that they had to simply "leave everything behind" and rush for the nearest airport, are distressing. In light of the enormous number of people who have left entire homes - not suitcases - behind, or whose homes have left them behind - these perspectives seem particularly crass and tasteless.

To be fair, the BBC anchor on right now (David Eaves) seems highly distressed by this, and has been toning down the reports with his own running commentary. In the final analysis, its the holiday-makers, not the new agencies, that really come off looking bad.


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