Zeldman’s article about the difference in coverage of the London bombings and bombings in Baghdad, made me think about to Aaron’s thoughts on the intentionality of evil. I think Aaron is right — very few people do evil things intentionally : most believe they are working towards the Greater Good, even if they have to do some unsavoury things.

There are a smaller minority who quite happily do bad/evil things and somehow manage to downplay the effect on others. Examples here would include the Enron executives. I suppose there are also murderers and rapists and so on, but if there’s one thing Law & Order has taught us is that there’s usually a reason…

What IS done intentionally, however, is exactly what Zeldman describes: the framing of “Them” to show that they are worse than “Us”. Coverage of terrorist attacks and wars is the most obvious, but this also extends in a more subtle way to the lack of coverage Terrance describes. If a particular victim isn’t seen as important, then there will be no coverage.