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Irene’s Impact Bigger On Media Than On East Coast


Is it Armageddon, global warming or just plain media reaction?

The number of federal Declared Disasters is on the rise. Big time. According to The Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA website declared disasters were at an all-time high (81) in 2010. This compares to 45 in 2000 – an 80 percent increase! 2011 sits with 66 with 3 months to go and likely an Irene disaster pending.

Sure it’s been a tough year for weather. Epic flooding from North Dakota to Louisiana. Relentless heat in Texas. An earthquake and hurricane in the Atlantic states – in one week. But is this really different from past years or are we impacted by a media that’s interested in sensationalizing anything at every opportunity?

This is not a discussion about climate change or global warming. Rather it is about perception. With lightning fast media coverage, more media outlets than ever disseminating a fire hose of information…are we simply getting more info which impacts our perception? I think so.

If you disagree let me know…but that’s what I’m going with.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brandon permalink
    08/30/2011 8:30 am

    If viewers/consumers didn’t want it, the 24/7 networks wouldn’t provide it. Cat caught in tree, Hurricane Irene, forest fires, You Tube clips of anything, u name it, they want it and they got it. No surprise here.

    • 08/30/2011 9:07 am

      Of course demand always creates a reaction. It’s common knowledge that “weather” is what drives local TV news viewership. The point I hoped to make is that demand + reaction = action (or FEMA’s proclivity to designate natural disasters at nearly twice the rate of 10 years ago).

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