Stacking is a contemporary term for accessing multiple media at the same time. In fact we do little of that here, being restricted to the internet and not much TV, radio or telephone.

As the horrendous story of the Sichuan earthquake unfolds, and emails from home enquire about our safety, it is clear that we are not as connected with these events as we would be back home. I follow the news on the BBC website, rather than pick up any strands here.

We didn’t feel the earthquake and whilst people talk about it and show us the newspapers, it’s not the same as experiencing the blanket coverage we would get back home.

Whether our parade could be conceived as too jovial in light of the disaster we have to gauge very carefully, but of course this is an irrelevance in face of the misery occurring over there.

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