It is painful to see when tragic, seemingly avoidable things happen to people. It’s also painful to watch excessively manipulative media coverage of anything, and it’s also painful to see otherwise intelligent people tricked into reacting to something needlessly, unreasonably, and embarrassingly.
The “news” isn’t at all good at telling you what you need to know or what is important to you or to all of us… but they’re superbly good at sharing with you pieces of content in particular ways that are going to make you react and focus the most that they possibly can achieve at any moment.
And the problem with the reactionary nature of the Internet is not that significant or notable events are inappropriately shared… it’s that everyone ends up passing around their own irrelevant, uninformed, unreasoned instant reactions to things.
But I know that you have all of this inspired feeling right now because you were prompted aggressively. Okay. Well, put that energy to good use. Read up about Syria.