Monday, 19 March 2012

Blip: The ongoing BBC search for British tradegy

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A British boy was among 28 people - 22 of them children - killed when a coach struck the wall of a Swiss tunnel on the way back from a school skiing trip.

That is an excerpt from the BBC news website. I don't know how much I need to go into it to explain the point I'm hoping to make. A coach crashed into the wall of a Swiss tunnel and killed 28 people, I understand why that is news worthy; people want to know about these kinds of incidents. But that isn't what I'm getting at.

The first point in the sentence "A British boy" shows that the BBC's priority is purely the element of the accident that affects Britain. Not to mention the countless other instances similar to this when the reporter says something along the lines of: "We're not sure yet if any those affected are British but we're working to find out."

That means they actively search to check if British people are involved, if not then the story disappears into obscurity, if so then the story is promoted and is talked about to death.

We pretend to be multi-cultural and prioritise everybody in our country by how British they are (in reverse order: Immigrants are often treated better, by policy, than locals.) And yet our main news source is so terribly nationalist. Isn't it terrible enough that 28 people died, all of which had families and nationalities.

It's time to stop viewing recent news events like this and time to start accepting the rest of the world as all being on the same team. I can't comment on the news channels of other countries particularly but if this is an international problem then it certainly makes sense why people so militantly nationalist, further seperatting what should be joint states of the world.


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