In the wake of the tragedy in Boston I'm reminded again of something that bugs me from time to time.
Why does a terrorist attack in a 'western' country like the USA attract so much more attention than a similar attack in, for instance, an African nation. A plane crash killing 5 in some countries is front page news but a storm killing 100 in Bangladesh barely gets a mention.
Does it mean that those in charge of news distribution accurately forecast that we are more interested in deaths in countries similar to our own than we are deaths in countires with cultures we don't relate to?
If so, does that trouble you at all? It troubles me. It makes me wonder how I've got to the point where I seemingly value some lives above others.
What do you think?