According to Politico's Sarah Kendzior, Western media's coverage of the protests in Ukraine are less about why they're happening and more about "our addiction to disaster porn." Additionally, in response to the viral video I am Ukrainian, InfoWars has this to say (article is here).
Ukraine has never been a country that attracted mainstream media interest. The tens of thousands of people viewing, sharing and posting photos of the Eastern European state likely had little knowledge of what Ukraine looked like before the violenceprotesters are now claiming at least 100 people have died in the latest clashestook place. The fascination of the photos is not that Ukraine no longer look familiar, but that it finally does. Ukraine looks like a movie set, like World War II, like the apocalypse. It spurs the imagination because it is real.
Ukraine looks like nothing is really supposed to look, and so no one can stop looking.
What does it mean for Ukrainians? Few apocalypsticle authors pose the question, because the only relevant question is what it means for them: traffic. Ask not what Buzzfeed can do for Ukrainians, but what dying Ukrainians can do for Buzzfeed. (Among the things Buzzfeed could not do: caption the photos or spell Ukrainian correctly.)
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