Now Playing: The Point of The Story
A very nice young lady frum Uppa-Road went to Haiti to give food and education to kids there. She had just arrived in her hotel room and called her mawmie and then the Earthquake happened. She hasn't been heard frum since. Of course, Everybunny here is very scared for her, and everybunny is saying prayers for her safe return.
But this blog Entry is not about her, hextactly. It is about the Noos and how it's reported.
Howcome noospeople just started pouring innu Haiti's earthquake disaster and started practicing all kinds of "feral journalism"? I mean, didn't ennybunny frumma noos-organization "want" to go there in order to help - or were they all there with their cameras and notebooks and film-atta-'leven teams just to rush around like a pack of starving critters, feeding offa misery?
Lemme put it to you this way: if I just happened onna Earthquake and there were burrows collapsed and Bunnies-in-Trubble, the Furst Fing I would prob'ly do would be to do my "job" and take sum Pikchurs, send them on - and then throw away my camera, send a text message to Those Who Love Me, sayin': "I'm hokay! There has been a disaster! Send Help!", and then start diggin' - even though I know that it's does that do the diggin' while bucks usually don't.
I mean, doin' your job is Wun Fing, but sumtimes you gotta Do More Than Your Job, you have to take on a job you don't usually do.
Whut I wouldn't do is start finkin' "I gotta take pikchurs ob Bunnies-in-Trubble." or "Whoa! Lookit alla Trubble! Send more photographers!" I would fink, "I gotta get help for these Bunnies-in-Trubble, onna'count obba Fakt this is bigger than I am!"
Now, I know a pikchur can tell a story faster than a bunch of werds, so sending on a pikchur of a disaster can help bring much-needed Help. So if I was a photo-journalist, I would Do My Job. But I can also dig. I have Udder Talents. Mebbe I don't get paid for havin' them, but that doesn't mean I don't have'em or shouldn't use them.
There comes a point when even a photo-journalist should hextchange a Camera for a Shovel. There also comes a time when there are Enough Photo-journalists wandering around Unnerfoot. Not ev'ry moron with a camera anna Press Pass has an automatic reserved space onna Disaster-Response team.
I wonder how many Emergency Supplies hadda be left behind to make room onna USS Vinson when alla junk carried by CNN-Noos came on-board? Did that Dr. Sanjay-person need a camera-crew in order to do good or could he have done good all on his ownliest without being filmed?
And let's say you gotta choice of disaster pikchurs to take, sad as that is. Do you... take the pikchur of ten guys with weapons bullying udders for water or of a thousand people inna Cathedral garden self-organizing innu a line letting li'l children and old people be handed water before udders? Do you... take a pikchur of helicopters landing inna only open space that happins to be where a government building used to stand (and then be sure to mention it "looks like" an "invasion") or take a pikchur of people trying to be safe living on boats inna harbour (and then be sure to mention it "looks like" they're "fleeing")? And you gotta be sure about the choice of werds, too, so you know your bunch of pikchurs gets inna papers before someone else's!
And I want to know who reports onna reporters. The reporters who type the many stories that appear inna Guardian Online, and The Times (both New Yook and Lundun) anna lotta udder noospapers, all talk about people who have had no water or food in days. I want to know if the reporters who is type these werds shared enny of what they had to eat with the people about whom they write, the people who have none. Did the reporters use their phones to call back to the Relief People and say, "Lookit, my GPS co-ordinates are 'x' and there are 'y' number of people here. They need this-this-and-this. I'll stand-by and reassure them 'til you get here."
Or did the reporters just get their stories and then just climb back into their vehicles and drive away?
If ev'ry journalist onna-ground acted also acted assa co-ordinator and assa rallying point, assa point of light and hope instead of as a disaster tourist, well, the Relief Effort of which the noospeople are so critical might go better. Mebbe the televisions and the noospapers wouldn't have had so many stories and so menny hours of video-tape, but more lives would be saved.
The story isn't The Story. The Story is Alla Us Togedder. It's a choice.
And that's the whole point, isn't it?