New Orleans Overkill (Literally)

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/28

The news of New Orleans’ demise was greatly exaggerated….

Have to concur with this assertion by Scott Manning.

The Times-Picayune from New Orleans has released an article stating that the massive number of casualties that were predicted by the mainstream media at the Superdome and at the New Orleans Convention center were off. Extremely off. They are so far off that I can’t believe there hasn’t been a major story on how wrong they were.

The New Orleans coverage felt manipulative the minute I saw the same dead lady in a wheel chair on a gajillion different media outlets that were all hyping the death and destruction for a consistent 48 hour period following the storm.

It was overkill — literally.

(That’s an interesting sociological study I’d like to do –- It would be very interesting to quantify exactly how many times that image was hyped.)

And they wonder why folks like me don’t trust them.

It’s honestly insulting that they don’t realize the advanced hype sniffers that this season of cultural evolution has endowed to folks like me. I was 12 when MTV debuted and have been over marketed non-stop ever since. The sarcastic jaded skepticism isn’t so much a choice as it is a coping mechanism.



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