Disaster Porn

What motivates us to watch the endless news stories coming out of Japan at the current time? I acknowledge my own discomfort in recognising that my response is much more revealing of myself and my own sentimentality and curiosity. It seems whenever disaster strikes this is our reaction and the easy access to other people’s trouble afforded by a global media system allows our indulgence. At the same time such images can produce a humanitarian response of giving that reminds us of our common humanity.