Which Deaths Matter?

The Atlantic featured a story that examines why and how the media covers deaths. “When it comes to the humans behind these statistics…not all casualties are covered equally. Researchers have indexfound that the U.S. media gives more sustained and personalized attention to some deaths than to others,” it read. One factor that enables ample coverage is the presence of children in mass tragedies. Patrick Grzanka, professor of psychology, noted in the article that children can help bridge the psychological space between readers and subjects separated by physical or cultural distance, though race, class, and other social factors may buffer these effects.