The first image I saw after Haiti's disastrous earthquake was of a stunned and injured young girl, just rescued from the rubble of her home or school -- it wasn't clear. I wondered who took the picture and how it might have felt to be documented in a moment like that.
Those are always the questions with news photos, but some are saying that the coverage of Haiti has crossed the line, showing more dead bodies and more gruesome injuries than ever before, and without the same degree of reverence you'd get covering disasters closer to home. Some critics are calling it "disaster porn," suggesting there's a kind of numb pleasure in watching the suffering of others.
The Haiti coverage got mixed reviews from Q's media panel (listen here). What's your impression? Has the coverage on Haiti crossed the line and become "disaster porn"? Did you see any stories that felt exploitative to you?
-Lisa Rundle, producer of Q's media panel today