Freitag, 18. März 2011

Apocalypse - as shown by the mass media

So Japan was hit by a Tusnami. Causing 6.405 casuals confirmed and 380.000 homeless people. Furthermore, the aftermath has caused severe problems in the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Radioactive contamination has led to nearly 600.000 people leaving the area in danger.

Undoubtedly, this is a tragedy.

But the way international media has treated this "catastrophe" is mindblowingly abominable.

This MUST be the end of the world...

The catastrophe was overscandalized, in the worst way I've seen in a very long time. Questionable "experts" were used to support the apocalytpic forecasts about what will happen, according to the media.

Footage of the catastrophe was rehashed to a point that people were actually starting to joke about it.

But why does this still happen? Mass-media keeps bringing the same news again and again, always predicting the end of the world.
They jump at catastrophes to cash in on the voyeurism of some of the consumers, in this case, the western world.

They create some sort of coercion, making it impossible to not know about such a crisis. Information isn't offered, it's forced upon us.

Yet, facing the sheer (useless) information overload and repetition of such a catastrophe, with no actual trustworthy news, the consumer starts getting irritated and tired at some point.

Furthermore, news from all over the world, which would have been presented to the consumers, simply aren't shown. All those informations suddenly aren't important anymore. Instead of reporting about them, most mass media much rather rehash the same topic over and over again.

How about reporting about a possible crisis, relying on facts and simply showing the POSSIBLE consequences without any scandalizing?

The recipients craving for some real information are taken for a fool - to me it's an insult.

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