Sunday, January 23, 2005

JUST A QUESTION

Is a snow storm "news" per se? I don't get it. It's snowing out, so here's what you need to know:

Wear boots.

Dress warmly.

Grip small children (preferably your own) by their hands when they're outside walking.

Transportation may be slow.

Beyond that, aren't we Northeast-dwellers savvy enough to know what to do when it snows? Or do we actually learn from the people who are interviewed on the radio and TV about the storm?

"It's really hard to walk, there's so much snow."
"The wind is making my face cold."
"This isn't so bad--I'm from Minnesota. This is like duck soup."

My opinion? This storm is not news. The only reason it's all over the news is because no one wants to leave the TV studio to cover any actual news.

8 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Hilary said...

You thinnk that's bad? Out here, there's one drop of rain and it's suddenly "Storm Watch." Ugh. Common sense, people.

 
At 12:06 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Caryn said...

Broadcasters Are Spoiled Prima Donnas. Story at 11.

 
At 12:27 PM, January 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ten degrees outside and the (male and female) newscasters take off their hats when the camera rolls so they look prettier, then they tell us how we should dress warmly and stay inside. They could shoot video from inside their vans and just have the studio newscasters tell us what's happening. But they don't. That should give you some idea of the dimwits we're watching.

Shaun Eli
www.BrainChampagne.com
Brain Champagne: Clever Comedy for the Smart Mind (sm)

 
At 2:25 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Tssk, Tssk my dear Esther.

I'm surprised at you my TV-watching fiend/friend. Ya see, they've dedicated a whole cable channel to this here 'news?' And get this. It's 24/7. All friggin day long nothin' but 'news.' Yeah that's right, The Weather Channel. The sadder commentary is that Jim Cantore is every bit a household name as is Tom Brokaw. Well, before Tom-Tom decided to bag it.

But I'm with ya girl. Doesn't take a mo-ron to figure out how to deal with a little snow.

PS Your claim check awaits down here in Florida.

Luv always...PT

 
At 3:02 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Ken Wheaton said...

This is one area where I found myself agreeing with Michael Moore (gasp!) in Bowling for Columbine... the media need to CREATE and then fan the flames of hysteria. Why? Ratings. Especially in a blizzard ... you've got a captive audience, bored out of their minds, many of whom will feel much more excited about life if it sounds like a huge deal. I remember during the Blizzard of 96, some of the weather teams actually had jackets made for their field reporters.

GO BLIZZARD!

 
At 6:43 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I live there now. However, I spent my university years in Ottawa. Ottawa knows cold and snow. During my first year there it snowed in November. It also snowed the day before my final exam in April. The walk to school was at least a half hour (memory fails here) beside a canal. The bus was an option but took me out of the way before it took me to school and required a transfer. The duration of that commute was longer than the walk.
Over the next four years - each year living someplace different - I got used to the harsh winters. During my last two years in my other home city Toronto's then-mayor decided to call in the army to dig the city out of a snow storm. The rest of the country laughed at him. I laughed at him. It reflected bad on the entire city. We live in Canada. It snows in Canada. Not year-round as some people think (Ottawa has two seasons: "Skating" and "Patio"), but enough. The infrastructure should have been in place!

And people complain.
And the army gets called. He's never lived it down. We have a smarter mayor now.

Today I walked approximately 12 miles. The temperature was 4 degrees farenheit. The windchill was between -27 and -33 farenheit. Yes, I'm insane but I had 7 people with me.
(I converted from metric for you.)

 
At 9:57 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

It was a chilly 76 here in L.A. ;)

 
At 8:19 AM, January 24, 2005, Blogger melinama said...

Snowfall in Raleigh, NC and environs last Wednesday: less than an inch. 3,000 kids stranded in their schools, more than 1,000 accidents. Today the roads are clear and dry but many schools are still closed. This is closing the barn door after ...

 

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

JUST A QUESTION

Is a snow storm "news" per se? I don't get it. It's snowing out, so here's what you need to know:

Wear boots.

Dress warmly.

Grip small children (preferably your own) by their hands when they're outside walking.

Transportation may be slow.

Beyond that, aren't we Northeast-dwellers savvy enough to know what to do when it snows? Or do we actually learn from the people who are interviewed on the radio and TV about the storm?

"It's really hard to walk, there's so much snow."
"The wind is making my face cold."
"This isn't so bad--I'm from Minnesota. This is like duck soup."

My opinion? This storm is not news. The only reason it's all over the news is because no one wants to leave the TV studio to cover any actual news.

8 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Hilary said...

You thinnk that's bad? Out here, there's one drop of rain and it's suddenly "Storm Watch." Ugh. Common sense, people.

 
At 12:06 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Caryn said...

Broadcasters Are Spoiled Prima Donnas. Story at 11.

 
At 12:27 PM, January 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ten degrees outside and the (male and female) newscasters take off their hats when the camera rolls so they look prettier, then they tell us how we should dress warmly and stay inside. They could shoot video from inside their vans and just have the studio newscasters tell us what's happening. But they don't. That should give you some idea of the dimwits we're watching.

Shaun Eli
www.BrainChampagne.com
Brain Champagne: Clever Comedy for the Smart Mind (sm)

 
At 2:25 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Tssk, Tssk my dear Esther.

I'm surprised at you my TV-watching fiend/friend. Ya see, they've dedicated a whole cable channel to this here 'news?' And get this. It's 24/7. All friggin day long nothin' but 'news.' Yeah that's right, The Weather Channel. The sadder commentary is that Jim Cantore is every bit a household name as is Tom Brokaw. Well, before Tom-Tom decided to bag it.

But I'm with ya girl. Doesn't take a mo-ron to figure out how to deal with a little snow.

PS Your claim check awaits down here in Florida.

Luv always...PT

 
At 3:02 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Ken Wheaton said...

This is one area where I found myself agreeing with Michael Moore (gasp!) in Bowling for Columbine... the media need to CREATE and then fan the flames of hysteria. Why? Ratings. Especially in a blizzard ... you've got a captive audience, bored out of their minds, many of whom will feel much more excited about life if it sounds like a huge deal. I remember during the Blizzard of 96, some of the weather teams actually had jackets made for their field reporters.

GO BLIZZARD!

 
At 6:43 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I live there now. However, I spent my university years in Ottawa. Ottawa knows cold and snow. During my first year there it snowed in November. It also snowed the day before my final exam in April. The walk to school was at least a half hour (memory fails here) beside a canal. The bus was an option but took me out of the way before it took me to school and required a transfer. The duration of that commute was longer than the walk.
Over the next four years - each year living someplace different - I got used to the harsh winters. During my last two years in my other home city Toronto's then-mayor decided to call in the army to dig the city out of a snow storm. The rest of the country laughed at him. I laughed at him. It reflected bad on the entire city. We live in Canada. It snows in Canada. Not year-round as some people think (Ottawa has two seasons: "Skating" and "Patio"), but enough. The infrastructure should have been in place!

And people complain.
And the army gets called. He's never lived it down. We have a smarter mayor now.

Today I walked approximately 12 miles. The temperature was 4 degrees farenheit. The windchill was between -27 and -33 farenheit. Yes, I'm insane but I had 7 people with me.
(I converted from metric for you.)

 
At 9:57 PM, January 23, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

It was a chilly 76 here in L.A. ;)

 
At 8:19 AM, January 24, 2005, Blogger melinama said...

Snowfall in Raleigh, NC and environs last Wednesday: less than an inch. 3,000 kids stranded in their schools, more than 1,000 accidents. Today the roads are clear and dry but many schools are still closed. This is closing the barn door after ...

 

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