Nothing has as much impact as the moving image. It stirs our passions, our outrage. The written words or the talking heads that could perhaps explain the overall situation can't change the narrative... the most potent images will win the day.
The Srebrenica genocide was a dark chapter in an already nasty Balkan conflict. One group committed ethnic cleansing against another, as a largely passive international community helplessly, and needlessly, watched it from the sidelines.
What is it about the military that turns normally thoughtful journalists into war pornographers? A reporter who would otherwise make it through the day sober spends a little time with the military and loses himself in ever more dramatic language.
The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April.