Friday, May 18, 2007

Missing Maddy + 500,000

Today I got spammed by the Find Madeline Mcann group, and the search is making headline news - what is going on.
An estimated 500,000 children die of AIDs in Africa each year and yet this rarely makes the news - what is going on.

Peace, Confused of planet earth

13 comments:

Rock in the Grass said...

Hey Dave: of course it is aweful that Madeline is missing. But how many children have gone missing in the bombings of Palestine today? And how many have gone missing in Bhagdad today? And so Western Christian (??) people are judged by the Third World as heartless to the sufferings of people other than their own.
Let us Pray for the children.

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Pete and I agree completely

Anonymous said...

sorry but you dont know what her mother or poor little madeline are going through try thinking closer to home nob heads

Shieldsy said...

The argument that "there is always this situation which is far worse" could be used to dismiss just about any UK news item.

The truth is that people are much more interested by a news story which they can empathise with.

Now I'd be the last one to defend Tabloid Journalism, and probably agree that the exposure of this story is a little excessive. But I think that the "there's always others worse off" argument is a very weak in this case.

Dave Lynch said...

anon - neither do you know what her mother or madeline are going through, my point was the hysteria around this case - what is causing that?
Sadly many children in the UK are abducted each year.
Shieldsy, this was not a case of 'others worse off', I was wondering why some items gain massive exposure whilst others do not - take princess di's death as a hysterical example.

There is something very sinister and controlling about todays media, they even dictate our empathy now!!

Shieldsy said...

An interesting debate. I guess a lot of these things gain some sort of media critical mass whereby a story just snowballs.

A lot of the 'hysteria' around this story wasn't media led. It's the new phenomena of viral-news. Most of the things I've received about Madeline have been by email from people who I would have thought would have more sense than to pass them on!

dinsy said...

Addressing Rock's point, it's like when there is a transport accident abroad somewhere, and we get told "97 people, 6 of whom were Britons, were killed today when..." and it always carries the subtext to me that the other 93 are less important, and we probably wouldn't have been told about it if it hadn't been for those 6 important ones.

There seems to be a heirarchy of interest/care with family and friends at the top (reasonable because you are involved to an extent with their tradgedy), then same class, same nation, same class of nation, same race. I supose it is "how like me are the people involved?" if the answer is "not very" then the response is "I don't need to care then".

I seem to remember that the response to the tsunami amongst the "primitive third world people" during and in the immediate aftermath was very different to the response amongst the "civilised first world people" to hurricane Katrina.

I think the third world people are right to judge the west (en masse, I'm not talking individuals here) as heartless to the sufferings of others.

Dave Lynch said...

There is a very simple solution to this problem - just insert an RFID chip in each child at birth, not my recommendation, but certainly a huge leap forward in our overcrowded world. The benefits are massive, maybe another post for this one.

Anonymous said...

97-6=91!

Dave Lynch said...

dear anon, maybe its time to start deleting your comments for making no sense

Anonymous said...

My comment only makes sense if you've read and digested the previous posts....Dinsy made reference to an accident involving 97 people where 6 were British, therefore suggesting the other 93 were less important. I was merely suggesting that 97-6=91 not 93 and it was only for fun. I was meaning to cause trouble!

Dave Lynch said...

no probs anon, you have gone from deletion to officer in charge of mathematical correctness on the blog, dinsy you must report to maths remedial :)

dinsy said...

Whoops, time to invent a spell-checker that does sums too. Thanks, anon.

 

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