How Much is Too Much?
Yesterday, like most of you, we wanted to stay abreast of the latest developments with the local fires. However, by noon, the major LA television networks were simply showing a loop of the same video. They labeled it as breaking news, but they had no new information, footage or insight. This led us to ask how much coverage is too much? Likewise, when are local news stations milking a disaster for ratings? Is it possible to actually feel anesthetized by seeing the same footage looped while anchors fill air time? The answers vary, depending on your involvement with the breaking news (e.g., if you live in a neighborhood that was evacuated). But for the average [concerned] viewer, we do think that there is such a thing as too much coverage.
Ultimately, it's up to the viewer to know when it's time to turn off the TV. But we'd also like to see local networks edit their coverage to make it more concise, informative and, dare we say, less sensational. Disasters are difficult enough.
Flickr photo courtesy of JustinM