Really interesting article that I feel is so relevant to conversations we’ve had in this class. At the end of a heavy week, my Facebook feed proved the abundance of mourners for those who lost their lives in Paris, yet no one was talking about Lebanon.  This article touches on notions of who the media is for, whose lives matter, and lots of perspective.

“Imagine if what happened in Paris last night would happen there on a daily basis for five years,” said Nour Kabbach, who fled the heavy bombardment of her home city of Aleppo, Syria, several years ago and now works in humanitarian aid in Beirut.

“Now imagine all that happening without global sympathy for innocent lost lives, with no special media updates by the minute, and without the support of every world leader condemning the violence,” she wrote on Facebook. Finally, she said, ask yourself what it would be like to have to explain to your child why an attack in “another pretty city like yours” got worldwide attention and your own did not.


2 responses »

  1. zainjazara says:

    To take this comment further, the New York Times actually published a story on the bombings when it happened and then changed the title 3 times!!! After extreme backlash on social media, the NYT was forced to change the title to one that is far more accurate and does not dehumanize the victims. First they started off by saying a bomb went off in “Hizbulla stronghold” area, until finally they called the neighborhood by its accurate name “a crowded civilian neighborhood.” That sort of language really influences how we view the lives lost and how much the media portrays “we should care.”

  2. meganf says:

    Someone I know who is from Lebanon was talking to me about how painful it is for them seeing the different reactions between the horrific events in Paris vs. Beirut. They have family in Lebanon, and by the time the attacks in Paris had happened they still didn’t even know if their family members in Beirut were safe. Yet they started getting notifications on facebook that people they knew in paris were safe almost immediately.

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