Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Disaster after disaster... how to tell your children it's not the end of the world

A Channel Seven special at six tomorrow night.

Why would the children think it's the end of the world?

It would help if the MSM stopped telling the children it was the end of the world.

Hyped hysterical hyperbole doesn't help!

I remember growing up in an age when children were protected from the news, distracted. The news was on after I went to bed when I was very small, and when I was old enough to stay up that late I was distracted from the news.

Now we can't get away from it, we have three hours of news on commercial channels in the evening. It's boring! And when something bad happens, like the floods or the earthquakes or the tsunami we are bombarded with footage 24/7.

Is it any wonder the children think it's the end of the world?


bruce said...

Exactly Kae.
Also why are they avoiding the human crisis in Japan and focusing on the relatively less important nuclear problems?

Is is because the Japanese are so well behaved, and they don't want to report this as it contrasts with other places like New Orleans? No looting, no outbreaks of chaos, if you had to choose to be in a crisis with someone, who would you choose? Of course Asian over-obedience and stoicism can be frustrating, but the human story in Japan may actually inspire people - they have a lot of admirable qualities. It would be something positive for the kids too.

Ian said...

There also seems to be little mention of just how well all the preparation and the thoroughness of Japanese worked for them. In 1923 the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan killed over 120,000 people with a earthquake a quarter the strength of this one. If this Earthquake had been in say Turkey there would probably be 50,000 dead just from the Earthquake alone. The Earthquake building codes of Japan have saved countless lives. Even though many could not escape the Tsunami, many because it has been drilled into them by authorities, would have headed to the highest place around as soon as they felt the shaking.
If I was an American living on the West Coast I would be taking a very close look at what the Japanese do because although the loss 10,000+ people is heartbreaking it really is low for such a massive quake and tsunami.