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Some Alarming News! March 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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We saw the most bizarre segment on the news the other night.

The reporter, standing in the middle of the beach, surrounding by turquoise waters, blue skies, and swaying palms, was SCREAMING into her microphone:

AUTHORITIES IN THE AREA ARE ON HIGH ALERT.

SPRING BREAK FOR COLLEGES STARTS THIS WEEK.

In a futile effort to prove her point that disaster was afoot, she proceeded to interview a few folks relaxing on the beach who seemed NOT to be on high alert.

They was just chilling!

Next, she interviewed a spokeswoman for Visit Sarasota who also seemed Far Too Calm for the impending disaster looming on the horizon as she explained that rooms at the inn are far and few between from mid-February to mid-March . . . and also for Easter week.

The reporter got a bit more fodder from a police officer who explained that some spring breakers consume too much alcohol and do things they oughtn’t.

At which point, the segment swung back to the reporter SCREAMING into her microphone:

AUTHORITIES IN THE AREA ARE ON HIGH ALERT.

SPRING BREAK FOR COLLEGES STARTS THIS WEEK.

She reminded me of Chicken Little!

But as we looked around, we saw no evidence that the sky was falling.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

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1. Rainee - March 15, 2017

We have a similar situation here around October when the senior students are finished for the year and they come down to the South West to celebrate for the week. They call it “Schoolies Week”. They organise all sorts of activities and extra police. They also warn about “tradies” who may take advantage of the “schoolies”. It usually goes off without a hitch :).

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

The crowds are easy enough to deal with . . . after all, we’re on “island time.”

But alarmist news reporters are Bad News! Her word choice was designed to instill fear, worry, and anxiety . . . like much of the news that bombards us on a daily basis . . . all in the name of ratings.

Rainee - March 15, 2017

So true, unfortunately!

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

When I tune in to the “news” . . . I try to be mindful of the reporter’s word choices. Doing so, allows me to filter out the “intentional bias” and avoid being swept up in the negative emotions they are attempting to “sell” to increase ratings.

2. Kate Crimmins - March 15, 2017

It’s enough that it happens. You don’t need someone running around and getting folks riled the week before. Enjoy your beach. We got 13 inches of snow. Just enough to kill the blossoms on my pear tree.

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

Sorry about your pear blossoms. Spring flowers prefer rain showers to snow storms.

And, yes ~> throughout the broadcast, the reporter chose her words and tone with the obvious intent of spreading alarm rather than sharing actual factual information. Instead of REPORTING on the news, she was determined to create tension, anxiety, fear, and worry. She is Bad News!

Kate Crimmins - March 15, 2017

Seems like that’s what reporters do these days. You should have seen the weathermen with the impending snow. You’d think it never snowed before. As it turned out we only got half of what was predicted (wrong as usual) and we all lived. The only casualty was my morning Starbucks.

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

We watched the Weather channel . . . they all spoke at twice the normal speed about the predicted snowfall, creating the impression that this would be the storm of all storms.

I’m glad it was only “half bad.” Sorry you missed your morning Starbucks run. I know that sets the right tone for your day.

3. Jill Weatherholt - March 15, 2017

Leave it to the media to blow everything out of proportion in order to create a panic.

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

Exactly! BFF and I were laughing at her . . . but the trend of sensationalizing everything can wreak havoc on our adrenaline system if we aren’t “mindful” of the messenger’s bias.

4. anotherday2paradise - March 15, 2017

Hahaha. Wow, that reporter really sounds like a prophet of doom. Silly woman. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

It was CRAZY how apprehensive she sounded while everyone around her remained calm, cool, and chillaxed!

5. Ally Bean - March 15, 2017

Anything for ratings, eh?

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

Yupper! BFF and I had a good laugh about her spot-on Chicken Little imitation ~> “The spring breakers are coming! The spring breakers are coming!”

Of course, we ignored her warnings, went to the Magic Kingdom, and enjoyed THRONGS of spring breakers! It was a ZOO!

6. Val Boyko - March 15, 2017

People don’t tune into the news to chill. This made me smile Nancy. Island time indeed πŸŒ΄πŸŒ…β˜€οΈ

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

The juxtaposition of the sand, the sky, the sea, and the swaying palms with her alarmed agitation gave us a giggle. But she’s right about one thing . . . there are a LOT of visitors here this week.

7. Maggie Wilson - March 15, 2017

As Ally Bean suggested, sound like the news team was scraping the barrel.

nrhatch - March 15, 2017

Exactly! A more reasoned newscast would have pointed out that the locals should expect more traffic on the roads, more people dining out, and more competition for parking at (and on) the beach.

In short, give us a “heads up” without losing your cool.

8. L. Marie - March 16, 2017

Totally agree with Jill. Everything has to be sensational. Perhaps a tumbleweed should have blown by in the background to really show the excitement level.

nrhatch - March 16, 2017

Everything about the scene whispered, “Calm down. Relax. Wiggle your toes in the sand. Breathe in the sea & sky. Just be.”

And there SHE was, buzzing around like a busy bee. πŸ˜€

9. Tiny - March 18, 2017

The sky is not falling here either πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 18, 2017

There is more TRAFFIC . . . but everything else is status quo. πŸ˜€

Tiny - March 18, 2017

Yes, more and crazier traffic…we just have to drive defensively πŸš—πŸš™πŸš

nrhatch - March 18, 2017

And, like Roadrunner, we need to signal our approach . . . “Beep! Beep!”

10. Debra - March 18, 2017

So funny, Nancy! I am fairly certain the “in-coming marauders” contribute to the local economy, and spring break is synonymous with Florida beaches. I take it that things are going fairly well when reporters create an emergency out of something this benign. I hope all the beach-goers have a wonderful spring break and there are no REAL emergencies.

nrhatch - March 19, 2017

BFF and I were cracking up at the alarm bells in her message which we have yet to see play out in real life. She must have just finished reading “How to Create a Story When There is No Story.”


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