Gourevitch and Sontag both explore the relationships of an “outsider” to tragedy. Sontag discusses it from a farther perspective, as people from across the country or across the globe, while Gourevitch describes the experience of a foreigner entering a country torn by genocide. Both of them talk about the passivity and powerlessness of feeling empathy for a situation that you cannot relate to. They also both talk about how news of a tragedy travels. Sontag uses the examples of photography to spread news, while Gourevitch talks about how governments and political groups use photographs as propaganda to spread their messages.