The impact of terrorism surfaced breaking news headlines countless of times and conditioned fear to the global population. Visualizing statistical numbness of terror incidents is a microsite that highlights the countries most affected by terror incidents and their irregular prioritization within news media coverage.
Foremost, the reader is introduced to the impact of terrorism worldwide and later acquires familiarity about the countries affected in 2016. When readers are generally affected by a preconceived image of a country and their connection to the issue, they lose sight of countries whose everyday struggles are undocumented. Although readers don’t write headlines, their perceived interests shape them.
As news becomes dehumanized, we notice how new media organizations shape the language for their news headlines. As a result, the empathy gap widens, when a reader’s perceptions are a blend of reason and subjective emotions, which in turn determines the newsworthiness of news media headlines.