Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Disaster Fatigue

Something I kept meaning to bring up today...

Something I kept hearing in regards to the tsunami disaster was "viewer fatigue" - when viewers reach a point where they can't care anymore. I was wondering if this phenomenon was a product of our time, with the influx of constant information, be it from internet, 24-hour news, network news and PBS - even weblogs. Is the evidential need to bombard viewers with all angles of a story merely serving to exhaust us?

2 comments:

Aaron said...

Call me a cynic, but I tend to think it's due, at least in part, to the dramatization of the news. When we experience the news (especially the TV news) as a quasi-real drama, there's going to come a point when we just want to change the channel and watch a quasi-fictional reality show instead.

Linda said...

I agree. remember CNN's coverage of 9/11? after God knows how many times we were subjected to slow motion shots of the planes crashing into the towers and the towers falling, it was hard to react at all anymore. Like Chris'
assessment of "weather porn," this is disaster porn.