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Boston Marathon 2013: Looking Back

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment


The reporting during this tragedy was pretty awful across the board with the media’s rush to deliver up-to-date news. Fortunately, some news outlets were able to provide thoughtful analysis.

If I were to summarize these articles I’d say many Americans just lack information – especially about what happens in the world outside its borders – ¬†and that’s why their default reactions during these tragic events tend to be fear, panic and stereotyping.

The other point I’d like to make is how much power we can attribute to the element of surprise. Roughly 34 people are killed by guns every day in the U.S., but this year’s Marathon got so much attention not because of the number of people wounded, but because no one expected it to happen.

Czechs and Czechens: They Both Start With C – The Economist

Why Does American Lose Its Head Over ‘Terror,’ But Ignore Its Daily Gun Deaths? – The Guardian

The Boston Bombing Produces Familiar and Revealing Reactions: As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge – The Guardian

Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks (April 2013): Why Do The Three Deaths At The Boston Marathon Attack Weigh So Much More Heavily Than The Thousands Who Died In American That Same Day? – Quora

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