Insensitive, maybe. But, I'm a realist, and it irks me when media blows things out of proportions for the sake of better ratings, or whatever else. Lives were lost, properties were damaged, entire towns have been decimated.. But the media makes it out to be a lot worse than that. For example - The number of media outlets referring to Brisbane as a "war zone" - The Age, for one - http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news ... 19pg8.html
Australia's third-largest city Brisbane was turned into a "war zone" Thursday with whole suburbs under water and infrastructure smashed as the worst flood in decades hit 30,000 properties.
Don't know about anyone else.. But I think a lot more lives would've been lost if it were an actual war zone. You could justify that this is simply a metaphor.. But it's an unnecessary one. The facts should be able to stand on their own without need for such metaphors.
And, don't get me wrong when I say this - Like I've already said, I know it's bad, and I'm not trying to play "who has the biggest" when I say this.. But if these floods had happened in any other developed country on the face of the planet (with exception to maybe America, which has comparable emergency services), such as those that happened in Haiti or Pakistan recently, it most definitely would've been a lot worse, but probably wouldn't have had media playing things up comparably.
As an Australian and as someone with friends and contacts directly in affected areas, I've been quite concerned by these floods - But my opinion still stands.
This doesn't just apply to the floods in question - Lots of stuff that happens in our own country and that happens in the countries of political allies (Britain, America and etc) tends to be played up in the media, while often larger and more significant events that pose less political affluence are neglected, and while I accept this, do not openly complain about this, and know well that there's little anyone can do about it, it still irks me.
Actually, when I first heard about the Brisbane floods, I almost immediately thought of you, to be honest. Most definitely would've called you up and pestered you about it if I had your number or PM'd you here if I had good internet access during my trip, but I had neither, and I wouldn't be asking for either of those things in advance, because for different reasons, both would be kind of weird and creepy without good reason. I have Wally's number, and tried calling actually, but didn't get through, so not sure if the number was changed or something, but no matter. Don't have anyone else's details, but my thoughts were with you all. If I had If I may ask.. How's the Mana Bar going? I remember you're posting about it some time back, plus I've heard a bit from other sources since then, and it sounds awesome. I still intend on eventually visiting one day, and it'd be a drag if the place got done in.
As a side note... Anna Blyth has shown amazing leadership, courage and resolve in throughout the floods, and I must say, my respect for the woman has only increased throughout this time. Julia Gillard seems to have been left behind somewhat with her political performance in relation to the floods, and to be honest, I think Anna has done a much better job than Julia - Both are compassionate, but Anna is sincere and genuine when she speaks, whilst Gillard's performance seems quite overly rehearsed in my opinion. Still.. I can't complain too much. Abbott outright pisses me off to a degree with his take, which, don't seem too dissimilar from his accustomed norm in my opinion. Anyhow, that's unrelated I suppose.