Sunday, March 27, 2011

The CNN Effect
Tragedy & The Power of Video

By Richard Stearns
Special to CNN
March 26, 2011 11:28 a.m. EDT

Without compelling video images, so many stories go all but completely unnoticed, stories I care about:
-- More than 22,000 children, enough to fill 100 jetliners, die every day from mostly preventable causes. But there's no video.
-- Over the past 13 years, untold thousands of girls and women have been raped in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But there's no video.
-- More than 1,000 children are infected with HIV every day, and millions more who don't have HIV are still affected because of the death and suffering in their families. But there's no video.
And, with no video, according to journalist Keith Epstein, there is little reason to expect people will care.