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August 26, 2014

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August 26, 2014

Links I liked

August 26, 2014
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Last week’s top tweets, a day late, as we enjoyed a traditional rain-soaked August bank holiday yesterday.

Media fatigue with Syria v the mounting death toll – powerful infographic from ODI media v deaths in Syria

It was World Humanitarian Day last Monday: In South Sudan, Oxfam’s staff ‘walk for 12 hours through mud & rain, in an area with a lot of men with guns’.

brilliant account of the evolution from terrorists (al-Qaida) to insurgents (ISIS) from the Guardian’s Jason Burke. Covers the role of territory, funding, who they target and alliances. And his follow up piece on ISIS’ long term prospects.

Ebola (like HIV) is gendered. 3/4 of dead in Liberia (one of the hardest hit countries) are women, because they get sick caring for victims

You want electricity? Ensure your guy gets into power. Political patronage can be seen from outer space. [h/t Rakesh Rajani]

If inequality was a planeSome Random stuff on inequality

In Mexico, municipalities with lower inequality saw lower rates of crime, according to new research from the World Bank

If inequality was an airplane [h/t Ben Phillips]

Meanwhile, the US decided it was all about them last week, in particular Ferguson, producing some top satire from the ever-wonderful John Oliver

or how the US media would cover Ferguson if it was somewhere other Fox racism 1than the US… [h/t Tim Harford]

but when it comes to culture wars, nothing can match Fox News’ capacity for self-parody. Here’s their panel on ‘Race in America’. Notice anything odd?……



1 comment

  1. That is a curious graph from ODI on media coverage and the tragedy of the rising death toll in Syria. It does look stark and, for anyone with an axe to grind against the media, it would appear to be morally abhorrent of the evil media machine.

    So what does the graph say? Shock graph: the media prefer to cover immediate events where lots of people die than long slow processes which kill relatively many more people. This is hardly new but it doesn’t mean we should not be constantly reminded of this.

    ODI’s accusation of the media appears to be that the news media should focus their attention on the larger number of unnecessary deaths and not be fixated with arbitrary nature of events.

    However isn’t ODI committing that same offence? Why are these 200,000 unnecessary death (truly tragic as they are) more deserving of our attention than the many larger number unnecessary deaths from less dramatic causes and why only say this on the arbitrary event of ‘one year on’?

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