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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Crash course

I don't know about anyone else, but I found it extremely inappropriate that the Jet Blue emergency landing was shown on live television.

Now, don't get me wrong - I don't blame the media.

The media gets its fuel from us ... the countless rubberneckers who love a dreary story.

I just have a big problem with the fact that we were shown live what could have potentially been a flying deathtrap.

And this isn't like other things we've witnessed.

The shuttle explosions, for instance. Accidents.

9/11. Yes, we saw the second airliner crash live. But I don't think anyone knew that was coming. Well, somebody probably knew, but that's a different story.

I'm sure you may be thinking, "What's the big deal? We've seen far worse than that."

And that's my point exactly. We've seen so much tragedy (or in this case, potential tragedy) that we don't even give it a second thought anymore.

All I know is that I would have felt very strangely if I had loved ones on that plane and I was watching what could have been their fiery deaths.

But maybe that's just me.

6 Comments:

Anonymous momof2 said...

I agree with you completely.
I wish they hadn't shown that on tv.
We've enough to filter out of our brains, due to media over-exposure. And yes, if that had had a catastrophic end result, I can't imagine families of passengers feeling that kind of exploitation.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Dwight said...

What is even stranger is that the passengers were able to watch this same coverage as they were living through it...thanks to the on-board televisions. So, they ultimately could have experienced their own deaths from multiple angles.

4:20 PM  
Blogger LilRed said...

Actually, they wouldn't have experienced their own deaths via TV.

The crew decided to turn the TVs off 10 minutes prior to landing.

Like that didn't make things even worse (and a hell of a lot scarier) for the passengers.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I know that I was on pins and needles watching that last night. I can't imagine how those people were feeling. Thank God it all worked out.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Unlike the other events, this coverage was "planned." They didn't know the shuttle would explode and they didn't know the plane would hit. I saw both live and each one changed me forever. The plane landing could have been filmed and shown later (to show the pilot's excellent skills), but it should not have been shown live. It was pornographic. Luckily I didn't see it.

9:45 AM  
Blogger VirusHead said...

I think there could be nothing more intrinsically American than to watch one's own impending death on television.

6:55 PM  

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