1. Hi Eloise!

    I love this idea for a podcast that For The Record has come up with. Hosting a weekly podcast of current events is perfect, it’s like listening to the news but instead it’s people my age, with similar interests that are sharing stories.

    As I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline the other day, I saw the photo of the little boy. I absolutely agree that the normalcy of bombs or attacks in his life is far from okay. These kids should not be growing up like this, it breaks my heart to see it.

    With regards to Western news broadcasting the devastating violence in third world countries, there will always be an imbalance. I feel as though Western media has the perspective of “oh it happens everyday there, what’s the point of wasting time reporting on it, it will happen again, it’s no longer news”. And that is a major issues. Without this exposure how will we know whats going on overseas? How will we know if there’s something we could do.

    I’m so grateful for social media for spreading news. Users are generating content for users. They understand that these things need to be shared. People want to know.

    Great podcast, enjoyed every minute and completely agree with you!

  2. Hi Eloise, Great first podcast! I love that this is a rallying cry for the general public to take a stand and hold the commercial media to accountability for there bias prioritisation of news stories. Often people don’t take a second and consider that the news they are getting presented with is being presented in a manner that producers think will be more rapidly consumable, or interesting for their audiences. I think this is most clearly visible when looking at global news media websites in which the news is customised to suit various geographically placed audiences.

    I think it’s integral that these horrific stories from third world countries are shared with the wider global audience. Just because our nationals might not be the ones who are being affected – a life that has been taken is still a life and humanitarianism transcends geographical borders. How will change come about if global audiences aren’t exposed to these news events?

    I agree with you that social media is a reflection that people truly do care, but sometimes I fear that in the current media climate, which so much political unrest and saturation of negative news, people are becoming desensitised to violence. Sometimes I even find myself sucked into the irrelevant puff pieces on skateboarding dogs, or the latest celebrity scandal just because reading about all this death and destruction can be depressing.

    Looking forward to the next podcast!

  3. Shocking numbers of casualties from only a few days of war. What can we do about it without running the risk of superficial clicktivism?
    It would be a pity if stories like this (global but told from a local personal perspective) ceased to be produced.

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