Something that really interests me when I think about the news is the correlation of importance and distance. It's that 'out of sight out of mind' mentality - it drives me wild.
It really annoys me but I think it's kind of understandable when you think about it. If we think about everything going on in the world we'd surely go insane, so the way that it's filtered to us is through distance. Of course big events from a distance away are covered, and they are covered with some importance if there's the merest chance of a British person being harmed.
How many times have you heard a statement like "Hundreds of people are feared dead in [any country more than an Easyjet flight away], and there are reports that there may be 3 British people among them."
Take the horrific events in Mumbai at the moment. It's saturating the news because it's a big event, and probably because of its links to Britain and no doubt because it's a popular holiday destination for Brits too.
So I go on the BBC website and I see this... says it all about the state of the consciences of typical British people:
I mean, the slaughter of hundreds of Indians is much less important than an old pop star re-uniting with his band, isn't it... not to mention the importance of facial hair.