The Bounds of Good Taste

To any of the satellites which form the global web of communications it makes no difference whether the television signals sent from one side of the world to the other show the most horrific pictures of massacre in Rwanda or the colourful frenzy of a carnival in Rio. The geography and the technical operations are the same. And terrible events do not just happen abroad–as many of the reporters who went to Dunblane will remind us.

Like doctors, television professionals–reporters, picture editors, and camera crews–come across violence, death and human suffering as part of their daily routine in troubled areas. Then they go home one day and mow the lawn. Like doctors, they need to be immune to it all. If not, they cannot ...

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