Catastrophes on Camera
Why Media Coverage of Natural Disasters is Most So Bad
Date Written: 20/01/2011
Year Published: 2010
Resource Type: Article
The reporting of cataclysms or lesser disasters is often wildly misleading. Stereotyping is common: whichever the country involved, there are similar images of wrecked bridges, half-submerged houses and last-minute rescues. The scale of the disaster is difficult to assess from news coverage: are we seeing or reading about the worst examples of devastation, or are these the norm? Are victims in the hundreds or the millions?
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