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Tsunami [Jan. 1st, 2005|07:49 pm]
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When 9/11 happened people gathered all over the world to light candles and mourn the victim. Now that the Tsunami has killed 50 times as many people I see no comparable gesture, at least in this hemisphere. I feel bad about what happened but it is on such an enormous scale that it's hard to grasp really. It doesn't feel as personal as it should.

But the coverage here is starting to bug me. Driving back from New York, I'd see a row of Newspaper boxes, and each paper would have a different number of people killed in the headline. Is it going to be like the burger count on the McDonald's sign, where the number gets so big they'll just post "thousands and thousands killed?"

From: elkay
2005-01-02 03:41 am (UTC)

we watched bbc world service coverage in spain and it was rockin, and we could always flip over to cnn on the next channel and grimace in pain at their crappy, patronizing, plastic commentary. of course when we got to seville we were stuck with cnn. bleh.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2005-01-02 11:35 am (UTC)
I noticed Yahoo stopped putting up a count, maybe because they felt the way you do. I can't say I disagree, and I 2nd your comment about it being so enormous that it seems surreal. I have no point of reference as to how to comprehend the amount of death involved, especially since I don't have any real connection to that area of the globe.
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2005-01-03 09:41 am (UTC)
I've found NPR's coverage to be pretty good as well. They've been presenting stories in depth (3-10 mins), relying on local sources when possible, etc.
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2005-01-03 09:42 am (UTC)
I have a semi-regular correspondent in Sri Lanka, btw, and I haven't had any communication from him since mid-December. :(
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2005-01-03 10:02 am (UTC)
well here's hoping he/she is fine. The band of damage was pretty limited to low-lying areas and islands, so chances are excellent that any random Sri Lankan is still alive. There are, after all, close to 20 million people there.
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