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How to help Fark help mainstream media call attention to the flood crisis in Nashville. Also, Fark's favorite headlines for 5/2 - 5/8 
Posted by Drew at 2010-05-11 2:18:57 PM, edited 2010-05-11 2:38:14 PM (61 comments) | Permalink
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In Florida hanging down at the Poynter Institute working on their 5th Estate Project. Things weren't too bad in KY after the storms, there isn't a river or lake going through Lexington. There is one about 15-20 miles away though which is where all the water generally goes. The water that doesn't turns into weird lakes and creeks which not coincidentally occur in the same places every time this happens. Which means there are no structures built there either. Not to say it never happens but it doesn't happen often.

Nashville however has a river, and after taking the brunt of last week's storm the river apparently decided to reclaim most of the town. Unfortunately for Nashville, the news cycle is already innundated with articles about the attempted Times Square bombing and the probably eventually much worse oil rig disaster in the gulf.

Which prompted Andrew Romano at Newsweek to write a piece called "Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood"

Basically his point is the reasons there's little coverage is there are two other disasters going on, and also cites something I'll call "media momentum" whereby stories get coverage because there already is a lot of coverage on them. He also says that the disaster didn't have a narrative, which is the reasons MSM can tell you WHY you should care.

Example narratives:
NYC: because it's in NYC.
Gulf spill: Kills turtles.

I think Romano's pretty much on target, but he missed one piece (probably due to space constraints if I had to guess). Based on what I see from where I sit (which, if Journalism is the entire planet Earth, I live on the moon), the reason Nashville didn't get much coverage is pretty much exactly what Romano says it as. As a non-journalist who runs a big ass news aggregator I'd also like to toss into the blame pot the fact that people flat out aren't clicking on the flood articles. If they were, there would probably be followups. Yesterday morning 10Connects.com snapped a quick photo of a redneck with a shark in his pickup truck. 200,000 pageviews later they've assigned beat reporters to finding this guy. Etc.

The greater point here is that we've moved from a news climate where the story determined its own importance to where the audience determines the story's importance. Man that sounds like some BS that a "social media expert would say". But I don't mean by people tweeting it or fb liking it or redditing it or whatever. It comes down to one simple thing: journalism outfits need money, this takes priority over "importance". It always has to varying degres, marketing departments in every industry are always in a tug of war with production over what should be the best course of action. When money gets scarce though, marketing departments get a louder voice and more pull. Should it be that way? No. For example, I also think we should live in a meritocracy and that beer should be $1 for a 12 pack and I'm not having any luck there, either.

In short, news consumers end up with the media coverage they deserve.

So, here's a possible solution: if anyone living in Nashville would like Fark to help rectify the problem of little or no news about the flood, please email me directly anything you feel absolutely HAS to get out about the flood. I'll turn it over to my crack team of monkeys with typewriters and we'll come up with a compelling, traffic-driving headline for it and put it on the main page. Because Fark is all about taglines, less so the actual articles themselves. Maybe we can help MSM provide a little narrative and help them cover a dire and dangerous situation like they should.

Will this work? Damned if I know. Let's give it a shot

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-05-02 to Sat 2010-05-08:

img1.fark.net  Today on Fear-Filled Mad Libs: INSECT BITES during PREGNANCY can cause BIRTH DEFECTS    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Rollercoaster riders get stuck upside down for 20 minutes after poncho gets stuck in rails. If we controlled our borders better he probably wouldn't have been there    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "Giant box" could be key to oil spill containment, according to engineering firm of Duggar, Gosselin, and Suleman LLC    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Nigerian President dead. Widow makes plea for help in getting his money out of the country    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Robber targets gas station. Worker gives him a free fill-up of leaded    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  SeaTac partially evacuated after smoking bag found on tarmac. Amy Winehouse's manager apologizes, explains that she got lost    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Maple trees are being stolen in Washington state. Police on the lookout for syruptitious behavior    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Texas man tries to kill his ex-wife with a bomb made from salad bowls, promptly gets tossed in jail    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Headline: No charges for corpse parked outside GlenOak High School. Great. Now zombies are going to think they can park wherever the hell they want to    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  British women annoyed that their partners are more interested in their iPhones than having sex. In fairness, the iPhones are easier to turn on and have a mute function    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Seattle police caught on camera threatening to beat the "Mexican piss" out of man. No word yet on how they knew he had Corona    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  Ballplayers with special needs take to field of their dreams. In other news the Chicago Cubs play tomorrow night at 7:05 PM    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Tebow's jersey is #1 is sales on NFL.com. Is there anything this guy can't do? Besides develop a quality throwing motion that is    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Raiders drop JaMarcus Russell, registers 6.3 on the Richter Scale    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Lizard monitor discovers monitor lizard by monitoring the monitors of other monitor lizard monitors    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Most humans carry up to 4% of Neanderthal DNA. Which explains subette's last four boyfriends    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Some of the tiniest microbes yet discovered found living on acid and getting poked by bigger microbes. So kind of like your high school experience, minus the Metallica t-shirts    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Sarah Jessica Parker has had it with neighsayers who insist that she tried to stirrup feuds with her "Sex and the City 2" co-stars    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Taylor Swift donates $500,000 to Nashville flood relief. Your move, Kanye    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Oprah shaves off Dr. Phil's moustache, still keeps Steadman as beard    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Despite the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico being potentially the worst ever off our coastlines, Sarah Palin insists "drill here, drill now." That's her slogan, and she's sticking to it -- like crude on a pelican    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The Obama administration's vow to "keep their boot on the neck" of BP is a major change from previous regulators who kept thier mouths firmly wrapped around an altogether different part of BP's allegorical anatomy    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid loses the election, the Democrats will be better off. As will the State of Nevada, the United States of America, the Solar System, and the Orion Spiral Arm of the Milky Way galaxy    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Shakira is working on a new "edgy" album that will be sold in every state but Arizona, where it will be marked up in price and sold as an import    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The Beastie Boys putting final touches on their upcoming album, "Check Your Prostate," due for fall release    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Austin renames street after Willie Nelson. Watch out for the potholes    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  U.S. private sector takes on 32,000 in April, only outmatched by your mom's private sector    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Nintendo's profit forecasts miss estimates, will have to start over all the way from the beginning of the stage    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  PNG charges dropped against Australian bankers, even though the prosecution managed not to lose any data    img.fark.net
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2010-05-11 02:23:54 PM
This can't be possible!!!
 
2010-05-11 02:24:30 PM
Whoops, wrong thread.
 
2010-05-11 02:24:37 PM
"Giant box" could be key to oil spill containment, according to engineering firm of Duggar, Gosselin, and Suleman LLC img.fark.net

Ah yes, the giant box.
 
2010-05-11 02:27:45 PM
Welcome back, hippy.
 
2010-05-11 02:28:11 PM
Why did the media ignore the flood? To paraphrase WC Fields: If it's got children or animals, work with it.
 
2010-05-11 02:29:08 PM
Royale With Cheese: This can't be possible!!!

Royale With Cheese: Whoops, wrong thread.

It happens every week.
 
2010-05-11 02:29:50 PM
The Nashville flood is tragic, but floods happen all the time. Frankly, it'd take another Katrina to really get media attention with a flood these days. The spill thing isn't really about the turtles but the sheer massive _scale_ of it. I honestly don't think an Valdez-sized spill would get half the attention today that it got back in its day... but this is different. This is a giant burst pimple of the Earth billowing pus into the ocean, and we can't stop it.
 
2010-05-11 02:31:36 PM
So, here's a possible solution: if anyone living in Nashville would like Fark to help rectify the problem of little or no news about the flood, please email me directly anything you feel absolutely HAS to get out about the flood. I'll turn it over to my crack team of monkeys with typewriters and we'll come up with a compelling, traffic-driving headline for it and put it on the main page.

I think this is a great direction for Fark. If the pilot is successful, it would be really nice to see a further expansion of the sentiment here, sometimes stories get buried or ignored that have important implications/merits. As for implementation, the only thoughts I have going through my head have major drawbacks, so I have nothing worth suggesting yet.
 
2010-05-11 02:32:18 PM
In short, news consumers end up with the media coverage they deserve.

are we chicken and egging it here? maybe if the media made an effort to provide more articles on the flood, then people would take more of an interest and the stories would cascade.

but, hey, the second congo war of the 2000s inflicted 5 million casualties, the most since WWII, and we barely heard anything about it.
 
2010-05-11 02:34:09 PM
journalism outfits need money, this takes priority over "importance".

I agree with this. It drives me crazy when I see my gf's station do this. I tell her and have learned that there isn't much that can be done. Good, professional journalists are being railroaded for a media that everyone wants to see.

I miss journalism.
 
2010-05-11 02:37:25 PM
another meh
 
2010-05-11 02:38:24 PM
politech: The Russians know how to stop it ... Nuke it!

Which got me thinking ... The same solution for Nashville?
 
2010-05-11 02:43:30 PM
Are you going to try quality investigative journalism next?
 
2010-05-11 02:43:56 PM
Good points, Drew.

I guess the old "create a catchy graphic and add some sound effects for the ongoing news event" thing doesn't drum up the viewership that it used to. Back in the day, that's how you knew something was important. It had its own graphic.
 
2010-05-11 02:44:53 PM
I just want this question answered. When is FARK going to begin using an "ARIZONA" tag to replace the "FLORIDA" one?
 
2010-05-11 02:45:31 PM
Basically his point is the reasons there's little coverage is there are two other disasters going on, and also cites something I'll call "media momentum" whereby stories get coverage because there already is a lot of coverage on them. He also says that the disaster didn't have a narrative, which is the reasons MSM can tell you WHY you should care.

Or, maybe it just shows that people care more about the biggest petroleum induced ecological disaster since Exxon Valdez more than another flood in the Midwest. In which case, I'm pretty happy with the priorities people have shown in what news they've consumed this week. Floods, unfortunately, happen frequently and affect small areas.

This was a disaster of proportions we are currently unable to fathom, and, thankfully, doesn't happen very often.

Am I close? Am I doing it wrong?
 
2010-05-11 02:46:16 PM
Aww, I didn't make it.

Oh well.

I'll just keep trying!

/you can't stop me
 
2010-05-11 02:48:54 PM
jehovahs witness protection: Royale With Cheese: This can't be possible!!!

Royale With Cheese: Whoops, wrong thread.

It happens every week.


I suffer from Threadslexia. The meds really help with that, but the side effects are something awful.
 
2010-05-11 02:50:41 PM
lennavan: So, here's a possible solution: if anyone living in Nashville would like Fark to help rectify the problem of little or no news about the flood, please email me directly anything you feel absolutely HAS to get out about the flood. I'll turn it over to my crack team of monkeys with typewriters and we'll come up with a compelling, traffic-driving headline for it and put it on the main page.

I think this is a great direction for Fark. If the pilot is successful, it would be really nice to see a further expansion of the sentiment here, sometimes stories get buried or ignored that have important implications/merits. As for implementation, the only thoughts I have going through my head have major drawbacks, so I have nothing worth suggesting yet.


www.frequencycomputers.co.uk

Drew's People?
 
2010-05-11 03:01:52 PM
In terms of the Nashville flooding, it's not a big surprise that it's being igno red with what's going on, especially in the Gulf, as mentioned.

What's sad is that the flood will be further ignored if something worse happens .

But viewers/readers determining the fate of a news story isn't new. After all,  " If it bleeds, it leads".
 
2010-05-11 03:02:24 PM
lennavan: So, here's a possible solution: if anyone living in Nashville would like Fark to help rectify the problem of little or no news about the flood, please email me directly anything you feel absolutely HAS to get out about the flood. I'll turn it over to my crack team of monkeys with typewriters and we'll come up with a compelling, traffic-driving headline for it and put it on the main page.

I think this is a great direction for Fark. If the pilot is successful, it would be really nice to see a further expansion of the sentiment here, sometimes stories get buried or ignored that have important implications/merits. As for implementation, the only thoughts I have going through my head have major drawbacks, so I have nothing worth suggesting yet.


didn't that more or less happen with the Iranian Election riots? Everyone else, except maybe the BBC, stopped covering it, but we covered it for ~60 threads?
 
2010-05-11 03:05:21 PM
albo: In short, news consumers end up with the media coverage they deserve.

are we chicken and egging it here? maybe if the media made an effort to provide more articles on the flood, then people would take more of an interest and the stories would cascade.


Certain types of stories generate tons of clicks no matter what.

For example, any incident involving someone being naked in public is pretty much a gold mine.
 
2010-05-11 03:14:26 PM
Do we have any empirical evidence the flood isn't being covered? Maybe it's just my news sources, but it seems like there's been a ton of coverage to me.
 
2010-05-11 03:20:45 PM
I hate to be morbid, but it seems like death toll over financial impact is what is driving the MSM now. In Nashville there was 20 deaths, but billions in monetary damage that will take years to recoup. In the Gulf there is all the dead animals that invoke sadness even though monetarilly it hasn't yet impacted like it likely will. NYC's recent bomb scare was "how many people could've died" versus anything else that's tangible.
Basically, if the news is news because people lost money then MSM's sentiment seems to be "Stop caring about the $$$ you greedy bastard!", but if an amoeba or jellyfish is affected it changes to "Care about what we're doing to the enviroment you selfish bastard!". Either way I'm a bastard for thinking that all should be news.
 
2010-05-11 03:21:50 PM
Right on, Drew.
 
2010-05-11 03:24:52 PM
There are small tornados in Oklahoma that are making like evil power rangers and combining into double-fugulous enormous killer tornadoes with video footage. Pretty good footage too, and close up! not that 3rd world lookin cloverfieldesque camera work that you get from most tornado filmers. This is GOOD! They havent even decided how many deaths to claim for the twisters. But you are attempting to sell me receding floodwaters in Nashville as my viewing infotainment package errr...sadovoyeuristic guilty pleasure story no thats not the right phrase either.....you want to sell me the flood story as my opportunity to feel the pain of my Nashville sibling, to learn more of their plight and, ho[pefully, see they ways they, and we, all pull together when the chips are down and somehow get through hard times.


Maybe if the flood was rising it'd take my atttention from the tornados, but the water is receding and, dude, seriously, the tornadoes are combining like satanic powwer rangers!
 
2010-05-11 03:29:03 PM
I blame Arrested Development. No no that one, the other one. To wit:

He said cuz I set myself on a quest for truth
And he was there to quench my thirst
But I am still thirsty...
The lord allowed me to drink some more
He said what I am searchin for are
The answers to all which are in front of me
The ultimate truth started to get blurry
For some strange reason it had to be
It was all a dream about Tennessee


/still thirsty, Speech?
 
2010-05-11 03:29:14 PM
The major media has fairly ignored the Dr. Rekers rentboy story. CNN did one segment on it and Fox has never mentioned it.

The only real coverage was by Rachel Maddow, Stewart, Colbert, and late night comedians.

In Fox's case I'm sure they decided their viewers did not want to hear of it, but did the others decide that also?
 
2010-05-11 03:33:45 PM
mikesup: Basically, if the news is news because people lost money then MSM's sentiment seems to be "Stop caring about the $$$ you greedy bastard!", but if an amoeba or jellyfish is affected it changes to "Care about what we're doing to the enviroment you selfish bastard!". Either way I'm a bastard for thinking that all should be news.

Well, for the oil spill it seems to be the impending disaster more than the existing damage. I mean, people keep talking about which way the wind will blow. It's kind of a Balloon Boy scenario in that way, but if there really was a kid in there. I have a feeling that once it really hits there'll be a brief orgy of pics of crude-splattered wildlife and then they'll be spent and move onto other things, ignoring the cleanup... well, assuming it's capped soon.
 
2010-05-11 03:39:15 PM
My personal fav: "British women annoyed that their partners are more interested in their iPhones than having sex. In fairness, the iPhones are easier to turn on and have a mute function "
 
2010-05-11 03:40:31 PM
MSM won't highlight it because it will reflect poorly on their lord and savior obama.
 
2010-05-11 03:45:35 PM
This: The Nashville flood is tragic, but floods happen all the time.

How often do large metropolitan areas get flooded? How often does half a state get flooded? Floods do not happen there. It's not like the Mississippi floods that seem to happen every other year in the Midwest. This is a 500 year flood--flash flood for that matter--that has demolished a large city and a good portion of the state of TN. No one knew it was coming. There wasn't time to move things upstairs or out of the house. Often, there wasn't even time to evacuate. I think if there were more coverage, the magnitude of what has happened there might be more understood.
 
2010-05-11 03:47:47 PM
Nintendo Misses Forecast, Has to Start Over... has to be the best of the week, though I have a soft spot for syruptitious behavior.
 
2010-05-11 03:48:39 PM
Send in looters. There's not enough 'Downfall of Society' to warrant MSM.

/que the guy wading with teh basket o'beers
 
2010-05-11 03:50:02 PM
AmazinTim: Basically his point is the reasons there's little coverage is there are two other disasters going on, and also cites something I'll call "media momentum" whereby stories get coverage because there already is a lot of coverage on them. He also says that the disaster didn't have a narrative, which is the reasons MSM can tell you WHY you should care.

Or, maybe it just shows that people care more about the biggest petroleum induced ecological disaster since Exxon Valdez more than another flood in the Midwest. In which case, I'm pretty happy with the priorities people have shown in what news they've consumed this week. Floods, unfortunately, happen frequently and affect small areas.

This was a disaster of proportions we are currently unable to fathom, and, thankfully, doesn't happen very often.

Am I close? Am I doing it wrong?


You're close. Speaking as a Nashvillian, I do agree that the oil spill is a major story. It will have long lasting effects on the environment around the Gulf region. It should be covered. But just to clear some things up, Nashville isn't in the Midwest. And this flood didn't just happen to Nashville, it happened to almost half the state. 47 (out of the 95) counties in TN have been declared federal disaster areas. I've heard some say this will be one of the costliest natural disasters that wasn't hurricane related in the history of our country. Whether that ends up being true or not, we don't know yet.

Do I wish for more media attention? Eh, it doesn't really matter because we're helping ourselves. We're looking out for each other and helping complete strangers. This past weekend I volunteered to help out in Bellevue, one of the worst hit areas of Nashville, that I grew up in. It was one of the worst things I've ever seen and probably will never get the image out of my head. I was one of several hundred volunteers in just that area and none of us really talked that much. We just went to work. We cleaned up all the debris that was thrown out of peoples houses. It was very surreal. This "trash" a week earlier was the table a family ate dinner on. The cabinets the put their dishes in, or the movies they watched or the books they read. Tear down walls, clean up debris, hand out water, bring some canned food to work to donate. That's what people are doing here. Whatever it takes, we're going to do it.

Most people though in the US will never know this because the media isn't covering it. But, the media is going to cover what the people want to see. We'll still be here cleaning up and if they want to show us, they'll show us.
 
2010-05-11 03:56:55 PM
This Quote 2010-05-11 02:29:50 PM
The Nashville flood is tragic, but floods happen all the time. Frankly, it'd take another Katrina to really get media attention with a flood these days. The spill thing isn't really about the turtles but the sheer massive _scale_ of it.



This is the problem, you say while tragic, floods happen all the time which is true but few on the massive scale of what has happened in Nashville. In fact, the worst flooding in Nashville's history has resulted in 29 deaths, over 1 billion dollars in damage and the destruction of a number of historic landmarks. The loss of homes and property is on a similar scale per capita as N.O. after Katrina. The MSM spent more time covering the flooding in North Dakota and there was far less damage and human suffering.

As for the coverage of the spill and the NYC failed terror attack I understand that those are big stories but instead of reporting the latest news and spending the next hour or two going to so-called " experts " to speculate about what might happen next, why not spend a few minutes talking about Nashville? They didn't even need to send crews down there, they could have just used pictures and reporters from the local media. They do that all the time.
 
2010-05-11 04:03:10 PM
mikaloyd: There are small tornados in Oklahoma that are making like evil power rangers and combining into double-fugulous enormous killer tornadoes with video footage. Pretty good footage too, and close up! not that 3rd world lookin cloverfieldesque camera work that you get from most tornado filmers. This is GOOD! They havent even decided how many deaths to claim for the twisters. But you are attempting to sell me receding floodwaters in Nashville as my viewing infotainment package errr...sadovoyeuristic guilty pleasure story no thats not the right phrase either.....you want to sell me the flood story as my opportunity to feel the pain of my Nashville sibling, to learn more of their plight and, ho[pefully, see they ways they, and we, all pull together when the chips are down and somehow get through hard times.


Maybe if the flood was rising it'd take my atttention from the tornados, but the water is receding and, dude, seriously, the tornadoes are combining like satanic powwer rangers!


Yeah, I feel for you and those tornadoes. Those were some nasty devils coming through there. And I just went to CNN looking for stories of the tornadoes on the headlines and there was only one. There were two stories however about Apple and their iphone. Figures
 
2010-05-11 04:03:24 PM
ponytd and libbynomore2

Well said.
 
2010-05-11 04:05:35 PM
You could always do what 4chan does: Call in a bomb threat.
 
2010-05-11 04:07:06 PM
I apologize for my previous post; that was insensitive.

Drew
, I'd love to be able to say that the failed media response has been huguely overblown here. But their coverage of late has been seriously lax. I support your efforts to shake things up. It's about time we bang some heads against the wall.
 
2010-05-11 04:07:11 PM
Unfortunately, I think that if it isn't New York, California, New Orleans or Chicago, it just isn't covered as national news. "No one," meaning the national newsies, cares about Nashville. I can say that because I live in Indiana. No one cares about us, either.
 
2010-05-11 04:08:40 PM
libbynomore2: but instead of reporting the latest news and spending the next hour or two going to so-called " experts " to speculate about what might happen next, why not spend a few minutes talking about Nashville?

I remember when CNN Headline News used to actually cover all the top stories, even when something big was going on. Now it is either 'breaking news' Balloon Boy ridiculousness, or TMZish bullshiat stories. It is easier to cover just one story, so that's what they do.

If a bunch of country stars where stacking sandbags in Nashville, it probably would have gotten more coverage. From the coverage I've seen, the water rose too fast to do much of that, and now that the water is down, the media doesn't care. They never cover the aftermath of an event.
 
2010-05-11 04:11:48 PM
I just went to cnn.com, foxnews.com, abcnews.com, cbsnews.com, and nbcnews.com, and did a ctrl+f for "nashville".

Nothing. At all.

You would think there would at least be a tiny little story buried somewhere.

Unbelievable.
 
2010-05-11 04:15:08 PM
SomeBrunette: Unfortunately, I think that if it isn't New York, California, New Orleans or Chicago, it just isn't covered as national news. "No one," meaning the national newsies, cares about Nashville. I can say that because I live in Indiana. No one cares about us, either.

I live in NYC and work a few blocks from the bomb scare. Nobody here cared about it. Most people in my office didn't know about it until the next day.

I actually didn't know about it until my mom called and asked if I was alright.
 
2010-05-11 04:17:44 PM
AmazinTim: I live in NYC and work a few blocks from the bomb scare. Nobody here cared about it. Most people in my office didn't know about it until the next day.

I actually didn't know about it until my mom called and asked if I was alright.


To me, the bomb scare was awesome from a "funny news" perspective. it was hilariously incompetent... but to report it alongside serious disasters is absurd in the extreme.
 
2010-05-11 04:46:13 PM
How about an Important, or Editors Pics tab.
 
2010-05-11 04:51:01 PM
Sometimes it seems like people here in Nashville don't even take it that seriously.

It really doesn't seem that bad, I'm in downtown Nashville right now looking out my window and it seems like any other May day.

Maybe we needed more lootin to get national attention.
 
2010-05-11 04:57:44 PM
ponytd: AmazinTim: Basically his point is the reasons there's little coverage is there are two other disasters going on, and also cites something I'll call "media momentum" whereby stories get coverage because there already is a lot of coverage on them. He also says that the disaster didn't have a narrative, which is the reasons MSM can tell you WHY you should care.

Or, maybe it just shows that people care more about the biggest petroleum induced ecological disaster since Exxon Valdez more than another flood in the Midwest. In which case, I'm pretty happy with the priorities people have shown in what news they've consumed this week. Floods, unfortunately, happen frequently and affect small areas.

This was a disaster of proportions we are currently unable to fathom, and, thankfully, doesn't happen very often.

Am I close? Am I doing it wrong?

You're close. Speaking as a Nashvillian, I do agree that the oil spill is a major story. It will have long lasting effects on the environment around the Gulf region. It should be covered. But just to clear some things up, Nashville isn't in the Midwest. And this flood didn't just happen to Nashville, it happened to almost half the state. 47 (out of the 95) counties in TN have been declared federal disaster areas. I've heard some say this will be one of the costliest natural disasters that wasn't hurricane related in the history of our country. Whether that ends up being true or not, we don't know yet.

Do I wish for more media attention? Eh, it doesn't really matter because we're helping ourselves. We're looking out for each other and helping complete strangers. This past weekend I volunteered to help out in Bellevue, one of the worst hit areas of Nashville, that I grew up in. It was one of the worst things I've ever seen and probably will never get the image out of my head. I was one of several hundred volunteers in just that area and none of us really talked that much. We just went to work. We cleaned up all the debris that was thrown out of peoples houses. It was very surreal. This "trash" a week earlier was the table a family ate dinner on. The cabinets the put their dishes in, or the movies they watched or the books they read. Tear down walls, clean up debris, hand out water, bring some canned food to work to donate. That's what people are doing here. Whatever it takes, we're going to do it.

Most people though in the US will never know this because the media isn't covering it. But, the media is going to cover what the people want to see. We'll still be here cleaning up and if they want to show us, they'll show us.


I agree with this 100% A group of us from the office are going tomorrow to help a co-worker clean debris from their yard. Their basement was completely gutted during the flooding. They lost a lot of things that were very precious to them. Unfortunately, they weren't home during the weekend, and so were unable to move them upstairs. Still, their attitude on the situation has largely been "they were just material things, at least we're all okay".

There are stories similar to this all over Nashville. We're just doing what we can to try to help those affected.
 
2010-05-11 05:17:03 PM
I live in Bellevue and things are pretty much back to normal for those of us who were lucky enough to not have their homes flooded. We do have a garage full of our friends' possessions that we were able to clean off and salvage from their home and one of our offices downtown was flooded but reconstruction is happening at a surprisingly quick pace. We have telco techs from as far away as Florida helping bring voice and data circuits online, peoples' homes are being rapidly fixed, businesses have chipped in to make flooding victims' lives easier, FEMA is being effective and the local government has acted competently. I witnessed a hundred reasons to feel good about where I live in the past few weeks.

To sum up, the flood sucked and we now freak out a little bit if there are clouds in the sky but I'm sorta glad we weren't bigger news.
 
2010-05-11 05:32:14 PM
Nashville needs 3 things right now.

1. Money in the form of donations for those that lost everything, to rebuild etc.

2. Lawyers to fight for those haggling with TEMA/FEMA/Insurance companies.

3. Focus on the Army Corps of Engineers and the TVA.
while they did a great job with managing water flow out of the Dams... 1 inch more rainfall during that 2 day period and the loss and death toll would be mind blowing. We can't merely rebuild, we need to plan ahead, because its not like we aren't going to see rainfall like this again in our lifetimes.

there are points of weakness that need to be addressed.

/living in Hermitage across I40 and underneath J Percy Priest Dam.
 
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