Originally posted by Anderson Cooper"Yes, these images are terrible to look at, but look at them we should, because these bodies, these people are us. Death has defaced them. The water has done its worst, but in life they were like you or me, teachers and shopkeepers, students and parents, bakers and doctors. People struggling, as we all struggle.
"And so very many of them died alone anonymously. They'll go uncelebrated, unremarked on, picked up by bulldozers, buried in pits. They will simply disappear.
"And that is why we think, hard as it is, we must make ourselves look. Otherwise, for so very many, it will never -- it will be like they never existed at all."
Not taking anything away from his handling of the event -- That quote is from a man desensitized to horrible images. If anything, I'd hope that the networks -- especially the cable nets -- start moving away from it within the next week. They did it for 9/11, they can do it for this as well.
We know the disaster happened, Anderson; we don't have to ram it into people's heads.
I'm sure he believes what he's saying but the minute people start tuning out because they're sick of the disaster images, they'll tone back. As long as people tune in to see it, they're going to keep showing them over and over again.
They thrive on tragedy. Its the same thing as 9/11 when they all rushed to get their catchy slogans for their coverage and all that stuff.
On the bright side, all the attention has moved people to donate and I hope people will continue to donate for many years.
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