Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wow how times have changed
NBC lost its' bird.
Fifty years ago we saw the above image although it was for most of us in black and white. Back then you had to wait for the TV to "warm up". It took two to three minutes for the electricity to fire up the tubes and a picture and sound would slowly appear. And if you remember that you're about as old as dirt now. Back then there were no live feeds from Europe. News from that part of the world came from newsreels captured by an army of film reporters covering the globe. All of their footage had to be processed and shipped air mail back here.
And now everything is instantaneous. You can get the latest views from some very obscure places. It's really rather neat to get the experiences of an event as it's unfolding. And we can give our own feedback and comments. But then again there is a drawback to the process. There are those who like nothing better than slap graffiti on the comments page and ruin the experience for the rest of us. Maybe there needs to be a split in comments. One for serious objective dialogue and another for the snarky rants and flaming rhetoric that we know happens. Just need to think of a name for such a place. The rant room? The psycho shack?
It's kind of hard to watch the latest happenings in Egypt. While I feel empathy for what they are going through the continuous images tends to desensitize one to the violence. Much like watching the destruction from a tornado or hurricane after a while there's a loss of feeling. That should not be, because we hope for the same empathy when we are hit with a bad situation.
I've been watching Al Jazeera for a few minutes for a view from the streets but if you want to hear from the people themselves here's a link to a reporter and his friends who are experiencing it first hand:
Side note; As ugly and violent as things may appear there are a few good things happening there. This could be a foreshadowing of what could happen here. I hope I'm wrong.
Hey and no stupid comments this time around please. Direct those to the other side where they'd be appreciated. That is until I can set up a rant rumpus room for the children.