Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Socked In...

Had a relapse of this powerful bug which has kept me confined to the Monastic Dorm for a couple of days. Days of watching, endlessly on CNN, the crises in Japan.

Nuclear meltdowns aren't as frightening as they once were. I guess Chernobyl and TMI desensitized us to the dangers of irradiation. Estimates on the deaths resulting from Chernobyl range from a low of 4,000 to a high of nearly one million. The problem is that it is very difficult to establish a causal link between the specific event and cancers that show up thirty years later.

All in all, watching CNN's reporting on the disaster, it has become apparent that CNN is not the news network they once were. They seem timid and young (without any youthful fresh ideas or creative approaches to reporting). And to make up for the lack of decent reporting, they seem to have cornered the market on reporter's with English accents. Is this supposed to heighten the self-esteem of the network?

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