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Swine flu coverage was sensational because Media thought it was crap too... OMG SWINE FLU WILL KILL US ALL IN THE FALL. Plus Headlines of the Week 
Posted by Drew at 2009-05-04 12:14:56 PM, edited 2009-05-04 12:26:39 PM (170 comments) | Permalink
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One week after writing my original article on how the swine flu isn't going to kill us all, the numbers bear it out: ONE new death since last Monday, compared to around 700 people (on average) who will die of the regular flu in a seven-day period. The vast majority of people get over the swine flu on their own with no hospitalization necessary.

Do we get an apology for MSM sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling? Scaring people into cancelling air travel because they might end up in an enclosed space? Causing a run on ammunition and guns by people expecting the apocalypse? No, we get another load of hysteria: swine flu will kill us all next fall. See, it's going to go on summer vacation and come back as Spanish Influenza and wipe out the entire human race. It's happened before. Doubters will be the first to die. No apology for you.

Compare swine flu coverage to the way suspicious explosions in New York City are covered. Almost immediately, MSM reassures us that there is no evidence of terrorism. Do we know what caused the explosion? No, but there's no evidence of terrorism. From the getgo, MSM takes a calmer approach: let's not get crazy here, be calm, wait for the facts.

Next time there's a flu outbreak I'd love to see similar coverage. Please don't go to hospitals unless you really have to because they're busy. Don't fret about the stock market, it's a buying opportunity. No need to cancel air travel, wash your hands a lot and don't stick your fingers in your nose. This is not the apocalypse, we'll get through this. Don't panic.

Here's why we didn't see media coverage aimed at calming people: MSM never believed this was a real threat in the first place. Notice how coverage tone changes when something serious really is going on. "Be calm, don't panic, wait awhile, see what happens." As opposed to pure media-fueled hysteria like shark attacks, bacteria on doorknobs, killer bees, kudzu, white sugar, and so on.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-04-26 to Sat 2009-05-02:

img1.fark.net  Man gets called into work so he can be fired, returns home to find his house on fire. Wishes he had been laid off    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Lighthouse keeper opens the most isolated café in Scotland. While I respect that a lot, I'd be fired if that were my job, after killing Jason off and countless screaming Argonauts    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Newest thing in car tech? Device that limits teenagers from driving over 80. Back in my day, we called that a Chevette    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  High on a hill hiked a naked trekker / Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo / Townspeople said "Cover up your pecker" / Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Buddhist preacher issues etiquette guide for gay monks. What is the sound of one hand reaching around?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Fewer Americans are adopting Chinese children, mainly because they'll just want to adopt again 30 minutes later    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Car Flu kills at least 41 in Baghdad    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Adolf Hitler's family won't see any money from the sale of his paintings, since their past efforts raised a little furor    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support torture, with white evangelical Protestants most likely to condone it. Jesus facepalms, glares disapprovingly through the little hole    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Pentagon using Facebook and Twitter to recruit new employees, because if there's one thing the military needs it's someone who posts every minute detail of their life on the web    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Search continues for blind hiker who has been missing for 7 days and 14 nights    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  To: The Yankees - Subject: "You suck " - From: The Tigers - CC: Sabathia    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Mexico decides to conduct a bunch of soccer games the way we do in the US: With no fans in the stands    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Kentucky Derby fans endure three hours elbow-to-elbow with drunken, sweaty idiots wearing ridiculous clothing just to get two minutes of action, much like submitter's prom night    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Apple and Verizon may be in talks to produce a device that might "shake up the tech industry." Insiders say it will be called the iPerbole    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Ice chunk larger than the state of Rhode Island breaking off of the Antarctic shelf. Yay, Rhode Island's back as a unit of measurement    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Experts warn that the Internet is running out of bandw    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Maagie Gyllenhaal aand Peter Sarsgaard aanounce maarriaage plaans for Itaaly in Maay. The aacting couple, daating aas of 2002, aalreaady haas aa daaughter named Raamonaa    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  World's largest tub of popcorn being constructed as a promotion. You can wash it down with the world's largest cup of soda, also known in the movie theater business as a "medium"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Papa of African girl to Madonna: "I've made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby"    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  "Citrus plot" makes paranoid Iranians so fearful of Israelis they look for conspiracies in oranges, are still blaming everything on the juice    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Obama secretly tested for swine flu after man he shook hands with in Mexico drops dead the next day. Officials concerned because Obama's touch usually heals    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  White House apologizes for Biden's swine flu comments, Manhattan fly-by, President Bush, New Coke, destruction of the Library at Alexandria, and for calling time-out with 11 seconds left in the game when they were out of time-outs  


Music:

img1.fark.net  Some Geek creates a song based on the components of the H1N1 virus. Still not as catchy as "Baby, Can You Dig Your Man?" (link to mp3 file in article)    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  What do you do with a rural road said to have little bumps, tight curves and accidents seem to be cousin' a pile up? Name it after Jerry Lee Lewis    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  New movie chronicles history of NYC punk club CBGB. Farkers under 25 think that store has some really cute clothes    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  US Airways to add a fee for paying a fee. Don't hold your breath that this will go away, unless you want to start practicing for the day they start charging for air    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Citigroup asks for Timmah Geithner's blessing to pay corporate bonuses, on this, the day of his daughter's wedding    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  We don't make a lot of the things you buy, and that's kind of our problem. BASF    img.fark.net
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2009-05-04 12:58:59 PM
Y'all can have your swine flu. I'm still worried about that flesh-eating bacteria and Y2K.

and brain amoebas
 
2009-05-04 12:59:16 PM
netweavr: Car Flu kills at least 41 in Baghdad

Headline of the year, imo.


If that gets far in the HOTY contest, I will be disappointed in Fark for regurgitating jokes from The Daily Show. However, I'm thinking that it won't be so funny when the swine flu hysteria subsides.
 
2009-05-04 12:59:29 PM
ds394: *I am not calling it H1N1 because I am not cowing to the pig lobby.

knowyourmeme.com
 
2009-05-04 12:59:53 PM
hockeyfarker: fritopendejo: Yeah, media. Duh. That's why I fixed it for Drew.

you think it should have said, to spell it out, "mainstream media media"?

I think your post gave me the swine flu


No, no, no. You're obviusly not very good with acronyms or words, in general. The last "media" is silent. TMYK.
 
2009-05-04 01:00:38 PM
rickythepenguin: fritopendejo: There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico.

Well yeah, but they're on the metric system, so when you convert it that's only like, 1,000 in HUH-America.

/fark Yeah!


Wow, Mexicans are worth less than slaves were?
 
2009-05-04 01:01:29 PM
netweavr: fritopendejo: Your point about #2 is way off. There have been countless deaths in Mexico due to H1N1, but the Mexican govt. is covering it up, due to the economic ramifications. There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico. We're all screwed, this is deadly. The MSM media is not blowing this out of proportion. For once, they've got it right.

Are you seriously suggesting competence (covering it up) on the part of the Mexican government?


Si.
 
2009-05-04 01:01:42 PM
ultraholland: Y'all can have your swine flu. I'm still worried about that flesh-eating bacteria and Y2K.


what about sharks, africanized bees, hantavirus, trick knee, jelly leg, "the vapors", dropsy, impetigo, mad cow disease, and nonplussed cow disease?

Plus, do you have any idea how much space junk is circling the Earth right now? This very second? Trust me, you don't even want to know.
 
2009-05-04 01:01:56 PM
krelborne: netweavr: Car Flu kills at least 41 in Baghdad

Headline of the year, imo.

If that gets far in the HOTY contest, I will be disappointed in Fark for regurgitating jokes from The Daily Show. However, I'm thinking that it won't be so funny when the swine flu hysteria subsides.


When did TDS start that joke? When was the headline submitted?

I honestly don't care enough to check, but feel free to try and prove yourself to someone on the internet.
 
2009-05-04 01:02:34 PM
thesandbender: Media should be required to put all numbers in context. For example (going with an inflated 10,000 cases):

0.0001472% of the entire frigging population has swine flu.

More people die *each day* from being fat, smoking cigarettes or just being farking stupid than have died from this "outbreak" of swine flu.


I suggest you read The Ghost Map^ for a story of how misdiagnosing a pandemic literally brewing beneath your feet can cause a lot of trouble, and how examining the situation critically can stop that trouble in its tracks.

Just because it doesn't seem dangerous now doesn't mean it won't become dangerous. And it if does, it will happen quickly. (See my previous post.)
 
2009-05-04 01:02:50 PM
mrapier: Summer is ruined!

Everything is ruined forever!
 
2009-05-04 01:02:53 PM
rickythepenguin: ultraholland: Y'all can have your swine flu. I'm still worried about that flesh-eating bacteria and Y2K.


what about sharks, africanized bees, hantavirus, trick knee, jelly leg, "the vapors", dropsy, impetigo, mad cow disease, and nonplussed cow disease?

Plus, do you have any idea how much space junk is circling the Earth right now? This very second? Trust me, you don't even want to know.


Space Denial Weapons are the next "big stories" to hit MSM. They're waiting for N. Korea to actually reach space first though.
 
2009-05-04 01:03:10 PM
ds394: I agree that the media over-blows things. However, this time I'm siding with the media on how critical it was to understand the full extent, nature, and dangers of the swine flu.

I'm not criticizing the points you've made so far, but this may be worth consideration: if something is a possible disaster, shouldn't we tell that to responsible people in charge, instead of agitating the masses?

Think of it this way. You're on the Titanic, and notice you just got holed by an iceberg. Do you shout "OMFG WE'RE SINKING PANIC!!1!" or do you go to the Captain and tell him it's time to organize people to abandon ship?

That crafty genius Michael Crichton nailed this issue with his book State of Fear, in which he pointed out that media-induced fear causes the masses to be easily controlled, and also to panic and demand unreasonable responses.

I agree that all new pathogens should be considered seriously especially in light of their family trees. I guess what I'm suggesting is that we know human mobs are destructive, so let's not create one empowered by fear by telling the masses at large about our fears until they are confirmed and we have a plan.

Make sense?
 
2009-05-04 01:03:36 PM
Frank Anthrax: thesandbender: Media should be required to put all numbers in context. For example (going with an inflated 10,000 cases):

0.0001472% of the entire frigging population has swine flu.

More people die *each day* from being fat, smoking cigarettes or just being farking stupid than have died from this "outbreak" of swine flu.

I suggest you read The Ghost Map^ for a story of how misdiagnosing a pandemic literally brewing beneath your feet can cause a lot of trouble, and how examining the situation critically can stop that trouble in its tracks.

Just because it doesn't seem dangerous now doesn't mean it won't become dangerous. And it if does, it will happen quickly. (See my previous post.)


What role does the media play in diagnosing a pandemic?
 
2009-05-04 01:04:47 PM
hockeyfarker: fritopendejo: Yeah, media. Duh. That's why I fixed it for Drew.

you think it should have said, to spell it out, "mainstream media media"?

I think your post gave me the swine flu


Good point. It should be "mainstream MSM media".
 
2009-05-04 01:05:54 PM
Pandemic Flu is nothing to screw around with. Keep in mind that the 1918 flu was around for years...with the later rounds being much more virulent. While the media response is questionable, frankly, so is Drew's stampede toward the "I told you so"...this is going to take time to play out. The last thing we need is the media "crying wolf" while drew points his finger and does the exact same thing...

We need a more tempered response from both the media and the naysayers...
 
2009-05-04 01:05:59 PM
thesandbender: Media should be required to put all numbers in context. For example (going with an inflated 10,000 cases):

0.0001472% of the entire frigging population has swine flu.

More people die *each day* from being fat, smoking cigarettes or just being farking stupid than have died from this "outbreak" of swine flu.


God damn. Every swine flu thread, the "car accidents, tobacco, and unicorns kill more people every day than swine flu guy" has to post.

Dude, you just. Don't. Get. It. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was the swine flu.

My sick, twisted, and demented side also imagines the swine flu coming back in August, and Drew being one of its first victims. That irony tag would be awesome, and heads would asplode.
 
2009-05-04 01:07:48 PM
netweavr: When did TDS start that joke? When was the headline submitted?

TDS did a "bullet flu" joke on Monday. The headline was submitted on Wednesday.
 
2009-05-04 01:09:03 PM
GoSurfing: Dude, you just. Don't. Get. It. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was the swine flu.

Here's a metaphor.

The media is allowing us to be rope-a-doped by any serious event that develops in the future.

This virus could be said serious event, but the media has already blown its load. Due to this, future warnings are likely to be ignored.
 
2009-05-04 01:09:43 PM
Meanwhile, this offseason flu is still spreading wildly - the CDC came near to doubling the number of confirmed cases since yesterday, and it shows no sign of stopping. 31 states and counting - it'll likely be in all of the states by this time next week.

Even if it's no more deadly than the regular flu - having two seasons of flu (this spring swine flu, and a fall/winter 'regular flu') in one year will kill tens of thousands more people this year. I can see why the medical community is still concerned.
 
2009-05-04 01:09:56 PM
If this version of the "swine flu" is so infectious, why then aren't we seeing more person to person transmissions in countries outside of Mexico? ISTM that nearly all the new cases of 'swine flu' are coming from people who just recently travelled to Mexico or very close (NC has two cases that went to San Antonio).

If it's as infectious as the claim, we should be seeing outbreaks everywhere, but we're not. We're getting the "they went to Mexico and got the flu" reports but no secondary infection outbreaks.

It appears to me that this version of flu is less, not more infectious than normal strains of flu.
 
2009-05-04 01:10:35 PM
fritopendejo: No, no, no. You're obviusly not very good with acronyms or words, in general. The last "media" is silent. TMYK.

NO U
 
2009-05-04 01:11:13 PM
krelborne: netweavr: When did TDS start that joke? When was the headline submitted?

TDS did a "bullet flu" joke on Monday. The headline was submitted on Wednesday.


Um...

FTLink:Wednesday, April 29, 2009
John Stewart: Swine flu and 'The Last 100 Days'


FTHeadline:Clicked 9626 times; posted to Main on Wed, 29 Apr 2009 at 8:12 PM. Boobies @ 2009-04-29 04:40:43 PM
 
2009-05-04 01:11:42 PM
fritopendejo: There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico.

I'm really starting to detest this cliche, but...

[Citation Needed]
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2009-05-04 01:12:10 PM
Blame everything of the juice.

Great headline.
 
2009-05-04 01:12:13 PM
MrSteve007: Meanwhile, this offseason flu is still spreading wildly - the CDC came near to doubling the number of confirmed cases since yesterday, and it shows no sign of stopping. 31 states and counting - it'll likely be in all of the states by this time next week.

Even if it's no more deadly than the regular flu - having two seasons of flu (this spring swine flu, and a fall/winter 'regular flu') in one year will kill tens of thousands more people this year. I can see why the medical community is still concerned.


Stupid question here:
Can you have two flus at once, and if so, is it twice as deadly-or just more symptoms?
 
2009-05-04 01:12:30 PM
netweavr: krelborne: netweavr: When did TDS start that joke? When was the headline submitted?

TDS did a "bullet flu" joke on Monday. The headline was submitted on Wednesday.

Um...

FTLink:Wednesday, April 29, 2009
John Stewart: Swine flu and 'The Last 100 Days'

FTHeadline:Clicked 9626 times; posted to Main on Wed, 29 Apr 2009 at 8:12 PM. Boobies @ 2009-04-29 04:40:43 PM


Read the link.
 
2009-05-04 01:13:27 PM
fritopendejo: Your point about #2 is way off. There have been countless deaths in Mexico due to H1N1, but the Mexican govt. is covering it up, due to the economic ramifications. There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico. We're all screwed, this is deadly. The MSM media is not blowing this out of proportion. For once, they've got it right.

You're response to questioning my qualifications is to suggest government conspiracy????

Are you serious?

Anyway, take a look at the CDC's data on the swine flu data so far: 286 confirmed cases, 1 death. The virulence does not look like it's there.

netweavr: Because people are freaking out and going to the doctor for things they'd normally just handle on their own?

I'd agree, except these people had legitimate flu symptoms and they were patients that don't hesitate to come to the office if they have a sniffle or a sliver. Now, a better question may be about whether I would have normally tested them for the flu outside of October-February... hmmm... that's a good question.
 
2009-05-04 01:14:03 PM
Wait, if hysteria = no threat, is Global Warming a giant scam?
/hmm...
 
2009-05-04 01:14:09 PM
images.icanhascheezburger.com
 
2009-05-04 01:15:08 PM
netweavr: What role does the media play in diagnosing a pandemic?

The media plays a role in disseminating information about a pandemic. Unlike mid-19th-century London, we have the ability and the responsibility to get as much information on possible epidemics to the populace as quickly as possible. I am not saying that that spread of information should not be responsible; on the contrary, the media should proceed with the dual goals of informing quickly but staying its hand when panic will be counterproductive. It should be clear when it doesn't know something, and it should be clear about what experts in the field think. Most of all, it should be pushing the message that a little precaution now has the potential to save many lives later.

Again, there are responsible and irresponsible ways for the media to do its job. They are toeing the line right now. I think Drew is underestimating the potential for a wildfire of an epidemic. On the other hand, the solution isn't to fight a potential wildfire with a real wildfire, one of panic.

How should they navigate the waters here? I don't know, but then again, I'm not in the media. They are paid to figure these things out. Although I usually agree with Drew in matters of media overstatement, I think he is understating the potential here, and by not presenting Fark's readers with the varied views on the story, he is engaging (although on a lesser scale) in exactly what he accuses the media of -- irresponsibility.
 
2009-05-04 01:15:21 PM
The only disturbing thing is when you read about the 1918 pandemic
you find it first appeared in the spring with isolated cases that
weren't very severe then came back in about September and killed
about 20 million people. The second time around it was much worse.
Some People turned blue and died within days of being infected.

This isn't flu season. Fall is flu season. It can't handle warm
weather, but if 1918 is a precedent it doesn't mean it's actually
gone. This is why they are talking about passage back to pigs.

I agree this was hyped, but the danger is to blow it off completely.
Rather than panic they need to get the strain into the 2009 fall
flu shot and the majority of the population should get one as early
as possible. Nothing to panic over just common sense.

Go read about the 1918 Spanish flu. I would laugh at this, but
the sequence of events is starting off the same.

On the average there is a flu pandemic about every 20 years, most
aren't remotely close to what happened in 1918 but 1918 was also
an H1N1 and is only about 40 base pairs different than modern
strains that have beeen sequenced. So in spite of the hype there
is some basis for taking measures to prepare in the fall.
 
2009-05-04 01:16:12 PM
Bendal: If it's as infectious as the claim, we should be seeing outbreaks everywhere, but we're not. We're getting the "they went to Mexico and got the flu" reports but no secondary infection outbreaks.

What outlets are you reading? There are secondary infections everywhere that primary infections have been reported. I'm not going to do your research for you, but I suspect secondary infections now outnumber primary ones, and in Canada, there's even been a human-to-pig transmission documented over and above human-to-human.

Transmissibility is the big thing, and the virus is going to continue to mutate merrily. Remember, the 1918 outbreak started mildly, but a few months in, became deadly.
 
2009-05-04 01:17:39 PM
Drew:

Not trying to be a dick here, but: can you please get over yourself?

You're just a guy with a nifty website. You don't know fark-all about what the swine flu will or won't do. And neither do I.

Seriously.
 
2009-05-04 01:17:58 PM
ds394: As a physician on the front lines of this swine flu, I have to tell you that Drew is underestimating the concerns regarding this issue...

...I have seen both Type A and Type B in my office within the last week. Previous to last week, the last time I saw the flu was in February. I have a case of Type A pending lab analysis for possibly being Swine Flu (results in tomorrow). Why are we seeing episodes of a flu virus 3 months outside of the common window? And why is it happening on TOP of a swine flu outbreak?

So the fact that the flu doesn't kill people as significantly as thought is a reason to be happy. It's not a reason to be smug.

I agree that the media over-blows things. However, this time I'm siding with the media on how critical it was to understand the full extent, nature, and dangers of the swine flu...


And there are probably a dozens other diseases out there with the same potential to quickly become as deadly and widespread as this flu. At any given time, we're close to an outbreak of some disease or another.

The simple fact that nobody does yet "...understand the full extent, nature, and dangers..." is exactly the problem. I agree wholeheartedly that governments and the medical community should be taking this potential danger very very seriously. But the media should only be spreading what it knows, not a bunch of fear-mongering, sci-fi, worst-case-scenario, crap.

It's a potentially bad flu that spreads quite readily.
That's it.
Encourage people to wash their hands regularly (something they should be doing anyway) and take other basic precautions. Educate people about the symptoms of flu (any flu, for that matter) and what they can do to help themselves. Tell them what to do if their illness lasts. Tell them to keep an eye on at-risk people like senior citizens.

Education is great. Precaution is great. Forewarning is great.
Fearmongery, exaggeration, and panic are just stupid.

Think of this analogy:
When you go to an airport, signs and announcements remind you to keep an eye out for suspicious items or activities. Once on the plane, they give you the standard safety briefing.

What they don't do is start bombarding you with the scariest statistics they can find or the worst case scenarios they can think of.

"You know, this plane is over 18 years old. Planes are twice as likely to crash once they reach 16." "This airport had six bomb scares last year." "If we crash and have to use the emergency slide, be sure to get out quickly, because it will probably snap away from the plane after the first 30 or so people."

Even if all those things are based on true facts and potentially correct assumptions, they do absolutely nothing to help prevent a problem nor to minimize the effects of a problem if it ever does occur.

Frankly, a doctor who uses a phrase like "...on the front lines..." is probably as much a part of the problem as the media. It's not a war, for god sakes. And this isn't a movie-of-the-week where small-town-doctor-with-a-heart-of-gold saves the day.
 
2009-05-04 01:20:02 PM
Plus, do you have any idea how much space junk is circling the Earth right now? This very second? Trust me, you don't even want to know.

OmG! Alien rapists! EVERYBODY PANIC!
 
2009-05-04 01:21:01 PM
I like the guys who are outraged at the idea that a dude with a squirrel balls website dedicated to showing why the mainstream MSM media is full of crap would post a blog post snarkily deriding the mainstream stream media's panic issue du jour.
 
2009-05-04 01:21:01 PM
Frank Anthrax: How should they navigate the waters here? I don't know, but then again, I'm not in the media. They are paid to figure these things out. Although I usually agree with Drew in matters of media overstatement, I think he is understating the potential here, and by not presenting Fark's readers with the varied views on the story, he is engaging (although on a lesser scale) in exactly what he accuses the media of -- irresponsibility.

Except he doesn't claim to be "news" nor "press." So accusing him of hypocrisy would be analogous to accusing The Daily Show and Colbert Report of mis-representing news.
 
2009-05-04 01:21:06 PM
ds394: You're response to questioning my qualifications is to suggest government conspiracy????

Are you serious?

Anyway, take a look at the CDC's data on the swine flu data so far: 286 confirmed cases, 1 death. The virulence does not look like it's there.


Oh, so you really expect me to believe the CDC? Really? The virulence is there, Dr. ds394, if that is your real name...

/read The Stand and you'll see what we're up against
 
2009-05-04 01:21:44 PM
rickythepenguin
 
2009-05-04 01:21:58 PM
canyoneer: Spoiled Americans and their need for instant gratification.

Oh, if it didn't kill a billion people in the first five days, it must be a lot of hype.

1347 - 1352



It's a marathon, not a sprint.


I'm going to guess that today's pandemics will spread much more quickly because our chevettes can do at least 55 mph.
 
2009-05-04 01:22:59 PM
40below: Transmissibility is the big thing, and the virus is going to continue to mutate merrily. Remember, the 1918 outbreak started mildly, but a few months in, became deadly.

right, but it could also mutate and become relativelyl harmless, no?

Mostly people should just not be going to Mexico, and if they have been to Mexico they should not go outside for a week or so.
 
2009-05-04 01:23:40 PM
hockeyfarker: right, but it could also mutate and become relativelyl harmless, no?

Mostly people should just not be going to Mexico, and if they have been to Mexico they should not go outside for a week or so.


In other words, nothing should change.
 
2009-05-04 01:24:28 PM
MAN-BIRD-PIG FLU WILL KILL US ALL!!! WHY WONT ANYBODY LISTEN?

www.malagent.com
 
2009-05-04 01:24:59 PM
hockeyfarker: fritopendejo: No, no, no. You're obviusly not very good with acronyms or words, in general. The last "media" is silent. TMYK.

NO U


Obviously. I forgot an "o". You don't know squat about virology or the media.

Sgt. Pepper: fritopendejo: There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico.

I'm really starting to detest this cliche, but...

[Citation Needed]
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non traditional media footage- the facts (new window)
 
2009-05-04 01:27:12 PM
hockeyfarker: I like the guys who are outraged at the idea that a dude with a squirrel balls website dedicated to showing why the mainstream MSM media is full of crap would post a blog post snarkily deriding the mainstream stream media's panic issue du jour.


whoa. you just like, seriously twisted my melon. up is down, black is white, the truth is a lie....whoa.

it is like, you like, you know, held up, like, a mirror? to a mirror? And now like, we're like, looking at, you know, like, ourselves? and seeing ourselves? like, seeing ourselves look at ourselves, looking at ourselves? and like, infinitely seeing ourselves?

Whoa.
 
2009-05-04 01:29:58 PM
Drew, the media has been WAITING for a flu bug that threatens to kill us all. Then they finally get one and all it does is fizzle out. It's like they have genetic researchers trying to engineer a bug that will take all of us out except for them, because who'd report it then?
 
2009-05-04 01:31:23 PM
perducci

+1
 
2009-05-04 01:31:25 PM
Perducci:
Frankly, a doctor who uses a phrase like "...on the front lines..." is probably as much a part of the problem as the media.


Okay okay... I take it back. I'm not on the front lines. I'm kind of down field waiting for the running back to break through the front lines. I'm torn on how to respond to this. We're seeing a flu outbreak. I'm getting 20 calls a day from people who want to be tested and I don't have enough time in the day to see them... I hate having to turn people away because I can only see so many a day. I hate getting calls throughout the evening with people worried about the flu without knowing exactly what to tell them. The guidelines and recommendations from the CDC are changing daily; should I send anyone with the flu for swine flu confirmation? No... wait Yes.
 
2009-05-04 01:32:14 PM
netweavr: Except he doesn't claim to be "news" nor "press." So accusing him of hypocrisy would be analogous to accusing The Daily Show and Colbert Report of mis-representing news.

Does it matter whether Drew claims a title or not? He has a huge following, he has a book out on the media, which pretty much makes him a self-styled media expert, and he posts blogs that focus on the media. Why would people take what Drew has to say any less seriously than other media pundits? He accuses the media of irresponsibility -- rightfully to an extent -- while engaging in the flip-side of the media's irresponsibility; the media is overinforming (and sometimes misinforming) the public, while Drew is under-informing them.

Further, your analogy is faulty. TDS and Colbert sarcastically present the news, but Drew does so far more seriously. TDS and Colbert don't misrepresent the news, they present the news (i.e., the facts) as they are, and they criticize the way the news is presented through a humorous lens. Drew's blog posts, on the other hand, are a straight-faced presentation of his views on the media.
 
2009-05-04 01:32:22 PM
fritopendejo: Obviously. I forgot an "o". You don't know squat about virology or the media.

I may not know squat, but you're ugly, and I can read a book or watch a documentary
 
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