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Thursday, January 06, 2005

It's probably just me...

Is it just me or is there something a little dubious about the media coverage heaped on the three minute silence held for the victim's of the Indian Ocean Tsunami? Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with the idea of the silence, indeed given the numbers who have perished I think it was entirely appropriate. Certainly much more appropriate than the minutes silence for the Queen Mother who died in her sleep at the age of 1,000 (or something like that) or all the nonsense around the death of Diana. My problem is with the way news programmes yesterday were dominated by reports about people marking the event. The whole thing feels quite narcissistic, as if we're saying, "Look at us, we're so caring," and detracts from the dignity of the event, which is surely the whole point of the exercise.

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