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Old 18.01.2009, 20:26
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The Red Cross workers that were recently kidnapped in the Philippines are still alive.

But they're still being held hostage.

How come we hear so little about this conflict the rest of the time?
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Old 18.01.2009, 21:42
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1st is Gaza and next in line is Congo, where it has been recently learned that more than 1200 people die each day. Philippines might come after that as long as there is no bomb attack in Iraq, Afghanistan or India in between. Just be patient.
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1st is Gaza and next in line is Congo, where it has been recently learned that more than 1200 people die each day. Philippines might come after that as long as there is no bomb attack in Iraq, Afghanistan or India in between. Just be patient.
But how do we know in which order to put them?

I mean, if I show more concern about four million dead Africans than a few hundred dead Arabs in Gaza, does that mean I've made a terrible faux pas? And if I choose to discuss the problem with Islamic militants in the southern Philippines instead of watching some American or other getting sworn into the White House, does that get me the black dot?

How are we to know these things? I want to be a proper intellectual!
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Old 18.01.2009, 22:22
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This is somewhat related to your other thread on the subject, but I believe a sensible measure would be what the French call the "kilomètre sentimental", i.e. how close a tragic event should occur and how many casualties are required for Joe Schmoe sitting in front of his telly to feel genuinely affected and concerned.

The sensitivity to casualties part has been experimentally determined by the (American) authors of this book. The formula they have developed is a body count conversion rate that the American media supposedly uses when determining how important news is:
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2,000 Massacred Congolese = 500 Drowned Bangladeshis = 45 Fire-bombed Iraqis = 12 Car-bombed Europeans = 1 Snipered American.
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then go to university....
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This is somewhat related to your other thread on the subject, but I believe a sensible measure would be what the French call the "kilomètre sentimental", i.e. how close a tragic event should occur and how many casualties are required for Joe Schmoe sitting in front of his telly to feel genuinely affected and concerned.

The sensitivity to casualties part has been experimentally determined by the (American) authors of this book. The formula they have developed is a body count conversion rate that the American media supposedly uses when determining how important news is:
Body Count Conversion Table
2,000 Massacred Congolese = 500 Drowned Bangladeshis = 45 Fire-bombed Iraqis = 12 Car-bombed Europeans = 1 Snipered American.
There was a famous headline from The Times, going back to colonial times reporting on a large earthquake which had hit South America. It said something like "Thousands dead. 1 Briton injured".

Can anyone remember the exact quote?

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That's no use! I want to learn facts!!!
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http://www.amusingfacts.com/
http://www.singlegrain.com/blog/301-useless-facts/
http://stupidfacts.info/

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To be intellectual, audit classes , but don't go to university, go tour the world. To be a certified intellectual- to make a business out of it- do go to university. Whatever you do don't become a recluse on Walden Pond. All news is good news, it is just people's brain filters that malfunction
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To be intellectual, audit classes , but don't go to university, go tour the world. To be a certified intellectual- to make a business out of it- do go to university. Whatever you do don't become a recluse on Walden Pond. All news is good news, it is just people's brain filters that malfunction
That is excellently observed. But let us dig in our garden.
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