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[–] blackblarneystone 3 points 7 points (+10|-3) ago  (edited ago)

everyone is talking about this kid...

there is a 17 yr old kid facing death by crucifixion in Saudi Arabia right now for criticizing his government.

Ahmed will be fine. Lets focus on the kid that is actually in danger of being murdered and left to rot on display in public by his own government to silence dissent.


[–] cky_stew 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

To be fair, you could make that type of argument against almost any topic.

"Everyone is talking about that 17 year old being crucified, but in North Korea there is mass genocide taking place"


[–] blackblarneystone 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

i could, but i wouldnt because the two things are totally unrelated.

this case, they are both kids who are being abused by their government and institutions. they are both victims of bureaucracy. they are both teenage muslims. they are both being oppressed for nothing more than wanting to express themselves.


[–] MarianOnEarth 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

This is called a Fallacy of Relative Privation. Both are issues of importance, and we shouldn't just stop focusing on problems in the world because we solved one. But we shouldn't ignore one because the other exists.


[–] blackblarneystone 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am not saying that only one problem can be discussed at a time. that would be stupid. i almost feel insulted you think i need that explained to me. i was trying to make people aware of a similar issue that is going on, that also deserves attention. simultaneously. as well as our own Zero Tolerance issues in our schools.

But it is worth mentioning that some stories can distract from other stories. people do have a finite attention span, and do have a finite amount of articles they can read in one day. when one story hogs the spotlight, there is a certain amount of potential attention taken away from another story. it may not be as simple as one story getting 100% of all potential attention, it may not be a true zero-sum system, but there is an undeniable distracting effect when one story is given an extreme amount of exposure.