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Monday, February 03, 2003
Something for Mr. and Mrs. Patriotic American to consider
The amount of news coverage that should be devoted to the Challenger space shuttle accident is not easy to determine. There should be coverage since this is a major story but it also seems that the coverage is way out of line with the significance of the story.
A search on news.google.com turns up well over 1,300 stories calling what happened a “disaster.” The two primary definitions for “disaster” are, according to dictionary.com, “An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe” and “A grave misfortune.” The death of seven people, however saddening, does not seem to fit either definition.
And for those who want to say that the coverage is appropriate because these people died in “serving their country,” I ask you, how much attention and concern you will give to Iraqi soldiers who die when the U.S. escalates its war with their country in the near future? How much attention and concern will you give to the U.S. soldiers who die in the escalation of the war?