What prompts me to ask this, is the massive publicity given to Britt, the backpacker who was killed in Croatia.
Of course, this was an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, and the circumstances of her loss have been very distressing, but I am not sure that the focus on her return, the candlelight vigil attended by people who never even knew her, but just wanting to pay their respects leaves me thinking that this is just too much exposure.
I think it started with the Funeral of Princess Diana.
I think the young people now are just hit with too much exposure to grief and sadness in such coverage. No wonder depression is so prevalent.
And also, the extreme exposure given to soldiers who are killed overseas. The PM and Opposition attend the Funeral, country wide vision of the return of the body and then the services. Yes, they have made the ultimate sacrifice, but really it has become more of a media fest than letting the family and friends grieve in peace.
On the other hand, there was an older man murdered in India at the same time; his story lasted a day.
And we seem to just completely ignore the road toll - an 18 year old dies on the road and it barely raises a blip.
I don't get it!