why we don't believe anything, anymore
by ima believer
horror (nothing new-s)
war and crime and hate (no time for nothing left to lose)
* the headline that stood out this morning was (and i quote): "texas facing flood warnings."
* taken at face value, we might infer that the second coming of the noah is just around the corner...
...but the sensationalism-weary reader knows how to decode:
1. 'warnings' mean that there may (or may not) be something to worry about.
a. the weather people need us to tune-in, so they provide the worst-case scenario.
b. the legal system re-enforces this, because the 'reporters/sensationalizers' might be liable (if they fail to warn us enough).
2. 'texas' is big.
a. surely, 'all' of texas isn't going to flood.
b. ...but imore people will click-on and tune-in if they say 'texas' than, for example, 'pampa, texas.'
c. chances are that we know of someone in texas (or maybe we've crossed its border a time or two).
d. chances are less that we'd tune-in to the kitchen sink that overflowed (momentarily), flooding a 3-4 foot portion of the kitchen floor in a pampa restaurant.
3. rain happens.
a. they forget that we know that rain is natural, and sometimes it rains hard.
b. they forget that we know that, when it rains hard, sometimes there is flooding, especially in places that we've built things that aren't in keeping with nature.
1) example: it isn't news (when the tide comes in), so we don't get 'warned' about high tides.
2) but, if we choose to build a development of mansions on the low-water mark of sunset beach, those mansions would tend to 'flood' at high tide. instant news.
the result of sensationalism? we click, and tune-in... ...if there's nothing more sensational to click-on or tune into. we recognize the sensationalism in 'named winter storms,' and 'torcon levels,' and the like.
it doesn't take long to figure out that the information one is seeking online is not available (based upon the headline or the photo). we put up with it, however, trudging through another day of false advertisements, sensational headlines, and nothing news.
note: this is not to downplay the fact that (1) places do flood, (2) tornadoes do destroy, and (3) horrific atrocities do happen. this is only written as a re-mind-er, to me...
...re-mind-ing myself that (most often), life is better when one can decode and tune-out the sensationalisms.