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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Storm chasing: The term itself is an oxymoron. Tornado watching/chasing has become a sport, a form of entertainment, an extreme version of “rubbernecking” as you drive past an accident.
For any college to allow, even encourage, students to participate under the guise of education or scientific advancement is stupid.
Also, The Weather Channel encourages such behavior by asking for photos and videos of weather phenomenon. Why? One word: ratings.
Kevin Myatt (“Perhaps some good will come from Friday’s tragedy,” June 5 Weather Journal) was correct in saying “the social media and television appetite for close-up tornado footage seemingly can’t be quenched.” The bottom line is driving this craving. Death and destruction sells.
Everyone who watches these videos should feel some guilt in the death of those three storm chasers. What kind of sick satisfaction does someone get from watching such destruction?
Are we, as a society, so conditioned to violence, whether natural or man-made that we get some kind of visceral pleasure from such programs?
Is this the modern-day version of entertainment in the Roman Coliseum? Watching homes and lives being lost? Do we murmur shallow words of pity as we sit safely in our homes?
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