Tuesday, December 11, 2007

An unemergency of some urgency

Headline seen yesterday:

No emergency declared on K_______ _____

(The story concerned bushfires in an area of Australia, and the decision by fire authorities not to declare a state of emergency.)

One's heart goes out to all those media agencies out there: this imminent lack of disaster would have been particularly disastrous for them. However, it's heartening that in the unfolding non-emergency they rallied together to write this headline. As this terrible uncrisis continues over the days and weeks to come, it will remain a test of their skill and stamina to deal with the situation. With a little luck and ingenuity, not to mention a few deftly-worded headlines, however, it could be that they will turn the complete absence of catastrophe into merely a moderate absence of catastrophe, thereby transforming a tragically happy state of events into a happily tragic state of events.

Even though the media community is undoubtedly reeling from this horrifyingly moderate lack of emergency, I have every confidence that they will be able to get back to wonderfully bad stories and gloriously gloomy outlooks in no time at all.


Ampersand Duck said...

I'm stunned that they broke with tradition and told the truth. EMERGENCY MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED! would have been more like it.

TimT said...

How will they cope with the desperate situation of unfolding normalcy? That's all I can ask.

Keri said...


I blame the Tories. It's been working like a charm for this long.

TimT said...

I blame the Toris too! It's all their fault!

Keri said...

I don't think there's much normal about that particular Tori.

TimT said...

But I'm sure her mother loves her very much. Her father would too, obviously, but he's dead.

Mitzi G Burger said...

Thanks for reporting the disastrous lack of news Timt. We can only hope for the worst.

TimT said...

Hope for the worst, and fear for the best. Quite so.

Carl! said...

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will return soon


TimT said...

Excellent! Thumbs up to you, sir!

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