Thursday, January 12, 2006
An Antidote to Media Avian Flu Hype
Few things in modern life are as dismaying as media's tendency to hype the weather, natural disasters, pets in peril, kidnapped blonde females, shark attacks and the like. The recent outbreak of avian flu in Turkey (yeah yeah yeah, bird flu in Turkey, how ironic) provides fertile ground for those who depend on advertising and ratings. Here's the remedy: the World Health Organization avian flu site, with lots of "truthiness," as Mr. Colbert would say. Inform yourself, enjoy, but don't panic. Yet.