Justicein our Media
Itis common knowledge that human beings deserve respect and fairtreatment irrespective of their color religion, origin or tradition(Haynie par. 4). The manner that the American media covered theterrorist attack in Paris raised numerous questions regarding the waythe media perceive other cities and regions experiencing similarproblems such as Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, South-Sudan, Kenya,Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is evident amongmany Americans that the media cares more on what is happening inAmerica and Europe and gives little attention to what is happening inother parts of the world. From this perspective, it can be arguedthat the lives of Americans and Europeans are important while thoseof other people like Africans and Arabs are not.
Althoughit is right to criticize the observed uneven media coverage regardingthe events happening in the world, it is important to examine thevarious factors that may be leading to this. First, owing to the ideathat the current generations are unwilling to spend more on news andimportant issues, the cost of acquiring such news present a seriousbarrier. In addition, our poorly paid and equipped journalists finddifficulties in reaching out these high-risk regions to provide thereports. These conditions do not equally apply to America and Europewhere risks are low with a large number of qualified journalists, andequipment are readily available.
Apartfrom that, emerging issues plays a major role in media coverage andpublic attention. Perhaps, the continued terrorist attacks andconflicts in other parts such as the Middle East and Arabia appearnormal as opposed to America and Europe where such incidents do nothappen frequently. Therefore, as evident during the 9/11 and Parisattacks, such events cause surprise leading to greater media coverageto calm the people. The media shows interest in the report that willattract higher public attention than reports that appear normal.Linked to this is the issue of familiarity where most Americans,owing to our history and collaboration, have closer connections withEuropeans than the rest of the world. Therefore, any event thattouches on Europeans such as Paris, directly affects Americans. Thissets high tension leading to the high media coverage and sharing ofthe event in the social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The caseis different from the Garissa attacks in Kenya where many people losttheir lives when terrorist group ‘Al-Shabab’ attacked a schooland killed many students. Most of us had to question and inquireabout the country before the terror attack, which limits interest andattention.
Iconclude by stating that the fact I mentioned above contributesignificantly to the uneven media coverage observed in the country.This means that the phenomenon does not directly reflect selfishness,discrimination or lack of interest in matters affecting non-Americansor Europeans in the world. However, I support any effort tostreamline our media to ensure equal coverage of similar issuesaffecting other parts of the world. Have I expressed any good idea?
Haynie,Mike. AsAttitudes Shift on P.T.S.D, Media Slow to Remove Stigma.The New York Times, 2 July 2012. Web. 27 July 2016.