Friday, September 18, 2015
Things get lost in the media sometimes
Sometimes, reality gets lost in the media. The news about the county next door was tracking on the national news for a couple days. To be clear, when you live in my part of California, your county is never on the news for a good reason, and Lake County has spent much of the summer attempting to burn itself to the ground. And succeeding. The fire started on Saturday, quickly grew to enormous, and then went straight to absurd. If you don't want to sleep peacefully again, I recommend watching some of the videos people posted on YouTube. On Monday, it was all over the national news. By Tuesday it was in the side bar of the news (and on Tuesday the fire was growing, forcing different people to evacuate, burning more buildings to the ground. By Wednesday it was three pages back. It makes me think about how the last thing we saw on the news from Nepal hadn't done much followup on that enormous earthquake. How the coverage of Japan after the tsunami was focused almost entirely unbelievable footage, but that we cut out only after it looked like the nuclear reactors weren't going to cause a complete meltdown. How much of the story are we missing because the draw of news is to cover the bigger stories, the more unbelievable the better. Just some food for thought, but it doesn't look like the news cares about follow through. If you want to know the whole truth, there isn't a venue for that because we consume awe and shock and fear. Sometimes I wonder that as we are consuming the media, it is eating us as well.