Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Personal Reflection on London Bombings

This post does not address the bombings per se and I have nothing else to add that the blogging community hasn't already. That said, my family's prayers go out to the loved ones of people who lost their lives.

The bombings marked a significant moment in my life. I was working from home that day and I saw the news first on Yahoo and followed it throughout the day. The significance of this was that it didn't even occur to me to turn on the television for news coverage. This was quite an alarming but amazing revelation for me (the next day, on my way to work listening to public radio).

I go to work on the Internet every day and it has now replaced television as my news source of choice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a friend that lives in London and missed the PiccaDilly station bombing by twenty minutes. What are the odds that a city the size of the state of Texas that holds 3 times as many people as New York City and the fact I live in Denver, Colorado, that I would actually know someone that missed it by that short of time. I thought about it. If that bomber wakes up twenty minutes earlier, or based on how long they planned it, they decided to plan it twenty minutes later for all four bombs to go off..or that she decided to leave her flat twenty minutes earlier..crazy..that list could go on and on. Then again, what about the people that didn't miss it by twenty minutes? What about the people that were right on time.

I woke up on the couch just as Fox news broke it at about four am...and here's what I learned about tv news...Our graphics have to look better than the other networks graphics...the words have to swoosh across the screen faster and bigger and the music has to be louder, because how else are we supposed to get your attention? by the way, how's my tie look? How's my make-up? Can I get a hairstylist on the set before we go on and I report that 40-50 people are dead and are dead in such a way that they no longer have any hair on their body period?

Then the stories turned to "How safe is the US from an attack like this?" - And I thought,...wow..what a terrible thing to happen to London..700 people are in the hospitals and a third of the city is walking home, across "Texas"..and the best the news can do is..'What about us?"

I don't blame the media anymore than I blame Jesus for a Hurricane..The media exists for ratings because we watch it. The same goes for celebrity papparazzi..guess what..If millions of people didn't spend their money on US WEEKLY or PEOPLE MAGAZINE just to find out what Brad Pitt's underwear color is this week, than the magazines couldn't afford to pay thousands, sometimes millions of dollars to papparazzi for photos of Brad Pitt's underwear, and therefore, the photographers would be out of jobs - It's that simple..same with the media.

They've done a fine job of convincing society that the people don't have the power to click the power off button on the remote. Maybe society did a good job of convincing itself.