Analog Kid, on 27 July 2010 - 06:50 PM, said:
Nonny, on 27 July 2010 - 04:04 PM, said:
SparkyCola, on 27 July 2010 - 02:56 PM, said:
^ It's not really new though is it, spills have happened for a past time for decades.
The level of attention is what's new.
And once more...
Huge spills happening in the richest country in the world? News. Huge spills happening for decades in poor countries filled with black folks? Not so much. The latter is only talked about BECAUSE of what happened with the rich country, and with a "Oh, and by the way..." afterthought.
You know...the Michigan spill might be getting national attention, but nowhere near the same emotional
response from either news organizations or the audience as the Gulf spill. Most news articles lead with something like "Michigan gets its own BP spill" or "It's a tiny spill, nothing like in the Gulf, but..." In general I'm getting the sense that nobody cares, unless they want to make a point about how "it's time to get away from oil."
In the Gulf, beaches, wildlife, and livelihoods are at stake. In Michigan, those things and lives
are at stake. The oil isn't something you go out of your way to see--it's right in the middle of communities, in people's yards. Apparently kids and the elderly are having severe reactions to the fumes, and many families are trying to escape the smell. (http://www.wwmt.com/...g-marshall.html
I was really upset about this whole thing yesterday, and one of my fellow interns said, as if to cheer me up, "But Michigan is already a horrible state, right?"
Is that honestly the prevailing opinion? That Michigan is "horrible" and not worth caring about? Or is it just that people are wrapped up in one oil spill and don't have the attention for another? Or do people just not understand the magnitude? The number of gallons is smaller, therefore the story is smaller, too?
Louisiana isn't the only state that keeps getting hit hard with b*llsh*t, and it would be nice to know that the nation cares about us and beavers as much as they care about fishermen and pelicans.
Btw, I'm saying this as someone who is livid as anyone else when it comes to the BP spill. Who knows what the impact will be on the Gulf in decades to come. I'm not belittling the giant mess washing up on previously gorgeous beaches down south or the uncountable loss of wildlife. I am
pointing out that the spill in Michigan deserves more attention and outrage than it's getting. I wonder how much press this would have without the Gulf spill? Then again, if fellow countrymen everywhere think it's a "horrible state," then maybe the press coverage is about right.
Edited by Lyric of Delphi, 28 July 2010 - 09:33 PM.