How can media contribute to genocide?

A defining feature of genocide is numbers: 6 million dead in the holocaust, 1.5 million in Cambodia, 800,000 in Rwanda, 400,000 in Darfur. The mind boggles. Quite literally. To get a feel for these numbers, simply take yourself - in all your singularity, importance, complexity, and love - and multiply this by hundreds of thousands. Not easy to get your head around, right? How do we value the saving of human life? Appealing to a rational perspective would suggest that every life is of equal value. The value of saving N lives is N times the value of saving one life. However, research has documented a “psychological numbing” that occurs when life-saving decisions involve large numbers (see Figu

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