Is the Japanese Earthquake as Big of a Deal as Media Makes It?

14 Mar

Of course the Japanese earthquake is a big deal. A major disaster such as an earthquake, with an added Tsunami and nuclear explosion, and several fires equals BIG DEAL.

So why do some people, most of whom live in the U.S., doubt the coverage of this disaster? Some of the comments made, for this disaster and others, are “America made it seem so alarming. It’s not as bad as they make it. Only a few hundred people died. If a thousand people died, then it’s major.” Though most of those people had to swallow their words when one thousand more bodies were recently discovered.

Yet, the question is, when major disasters happen, can we trust our media to give us the true facts about such disasters? True enough, if you’ve been following my wordpress, I personally don’t completely trust the media. The media has a way of exaggerating the truth in order to get a headline article. Possibly, many of the Japanese reports were probably much calmer than American ones. But when is a natural disaster truly a calm issue? Okay, a couple of hundred people died, so it’s not a big deal? That sounds like words coming from the mouth of the spoiled one, one who hasn’t lived in a dangerous environment, and one who doesn’t care. A ‘couple of hundred’ used to be a part of families and friends who have to grieve over the instant lost. And the people left also lost their homes! The way these people had to meet their end is not only painful to the person who died but to those left behind. So I don’t blame the media for doing it’s best to bring it to our attention. Disasters can affect the world and sometimes Americans get so stuck on themselves and the “what about me” attitude that they can’t even show some decent compassion, empathy, or sympathy in a comment section on an MSNBC News articles. About half are arguing over whether they believe God exists or not, like anyone’s personal beliefs matter during a time of consolation. Any good encouragement is welcome whether it is religious or not, I’m sure those who are suffering appreciate it. Even worse is the comments displayed in the above video, where people were even making fun of the child crying!

Another reason many of us can find reason to panic about this issue is the large-scale production of goods we get from Japan and the amount of tourism that comes into Japan. Most people now won’t travel to Japan, and the tourist attraction has declined. Most of the technology we use, from cell phones, video games, to computers, are made in Japan, now imports and exports will backed up for awhile. I also am a big anime fan, as are many, and because of the disaster many broadcasts and show airings were canceled. So this can put something on the minds of the world. This has an affect on the whole world. Before people decide to ignore issues such as this one, or make ignorant comments, think of putting yourself in the nation’s shoes (for once).


2 Responses to “Is the Japanese Earthquake as Big of a Deal as Media Makes It?”

  1. SWK 2011/03/15 at 01:07 #

    What troubles me is the fact that people say that “Oh, Japan is such a rich country, they’ll get over it fast.” No, they will not, not with industries damaged, people homeless, and a suspected 10,000 people dead. They will have to take time to get back on their feet, and they will not be able to do it alone.


    • generationnext 2011/03/18 at 02:48 #

      It’s true there is no economy that can fix this overnight. And think of the roadways damaged, the nuclear repairs that need to be done. People really need to open their minds and think about putting themselves in their shoes. Many people only think of their comfortable lives and turn a blind eye to these issues. They laughed at me for donating $100 to the effort. It’s not just because I’m an Asia freak, but I know what it’s like to lose everything and it’s important to reach out. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


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