It's been a while since a complete non-story got so much coverage, I suppose it was due. I wonder to what extent it was a popular story due simply, straightforwardly to the fact that the coverage was so abundant. After all it's a pretty simplistic story, a rather black-and-white statement of facts and interviews without any overarching moral dilemmas of significance, so the coverage must have been utterly repetitive and redundant. I hear some people said they were 'hooked' on the coverage, but what could account for this? If you see half an hour of coverage then you've seen it all, so why watch it again over and over? Perhaps people just like to see others suffer, and the relative harmlessness of the cruise ship passengers' ordeal means viewers don't have to feel too badly about watching it. Maybe deep down the average person feels utterly disgusted with everything--whether or not they consciously realize it--and externalizing the feeling as the Other's problem affords a twisted sense of catharsis.