Apr. 14th, 2017

Today I got a survey. There are a couple of different ones that come at odd intervals: this particular one was about how media handled the suspected terrorist attack in Stockholm last week. Did I know about it? When did I learn about it? How did I learn about it?

What is my opinion of the reporting of the event in news media? Well, on the whole, it's been reasonable. I learnt what I think I needed to know: a stolen lorry drove through a large crowd of people on a business street in Stockholm. Four people, among them an eleven-year-old girl, died. There was some confusion to begin with, but that is to be expected.

What makes me a little uneasy is that the perspective feels off. Especially early on, the event was described as completely outstanding. It is so, but only if you compare it with "ordinary" violent crimes. When compared to actual acts of war or terror, there are far worse things going on.

I'm, actually not convinced -- yet -- that this should be considered an act of terrorism, but I suppose that's mostly a matter of definition. What I think is more important is that it's a crime, and it should be treated as such.

I also think it's worth pointing out, that this nasty act of whatever classification you prefer happened less than a week after another tragedy, a couple of hours from where I am. A school trip bus went off the road. Four kids died. The number of people in danger was certainly much higher in Stockholm, but I think that particular statistic was the same.

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Karin Margareta

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