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News we are used to

Stories and News No. 1305

I think that there are news articles before which sooner or later we end up remaining indifferent to and I don't think it's a good sign.
I don't know if the responsibility is ours, or rather the way we welcome and absorb all information, the rhythm, or rather the frenzy, which we travel with from waking up to the end of the day, or even lots of other factors linked to the most various social contexts which we spend most of our time in.
Perhaps it also depends on how the facts that reach the front pages are communicated, told and explored.
Nonetheless, it is enough for me to browse through the main news of these days to convince myself once again that most of them as if they are no longer relevant.
We're used to it, that's all.
Although the earthquake in Turkey and Syria is a recent tragedy, day after day, we have become as addicted to the bodies pulled from the rubble as to the stories of those who didn't make it. Because it has already happened with previous earthquakes, or even floods and any other natural disaster.
Similarly, we now take the daily bulletin on the war in Ukraine for granted, a bit like we did with the count of the infected and the deaths due to Covid. Indeed, even less, because in the latter case we felt personally touched.
The usual bickering between USA and China, which – despite appearances – has replaced Russia in the role of the "bad guy", as in movies at the cinema, seems to tell us nothing new.
Environmental disasters are no less obvious, such as the train in Ohio accident, which should instead alarm us more than anything else. The same is happening with terrifying predictions of future scenarios, as rising seas.
Many of us see them as something that doesn't concern us personally for reasons of age, but then we should ask ourselves why today's kids are so depressed and angry.
In any case, even the shootings in the United States of easy pistols and assault rifles but “for defense” no longer cause a stir.
Not even reading about further confirmations of how elections in every part of the world are systematically compromised by the action of hackers.
It goes without saying how negligible news is now that sees migrant peoples die, even if it happens on land instead of at sea, or whatever atrocious, unjust or simply wrong thing happens between Israel and Palestine, read as well as the more accustomed tragedy in history.
Equally we should not be surprised by the inexorable collapse in sales that the paper versions of newspapers are facing, many of which are able to stand on their feet only thanks to the various forms of subsidy.
Just as all this could help us, I'm not saying to justify, but at least to understand the reasons why the online versions are now overflowed by news that is not news, but simply headlines, images and click-catching videos, regardless of where the latter leads.
What I ask myself and which should worry us much more is: what else are we getting used to with such news? In other words, how much of what is left of human is neglected, abused and finally atrophied in those monitors and, at the same time, within us?

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