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  •  But how do you do that with climate change? (0+ / 0-)

    I think it's a compelling story. You do... But, there just is no sizzle... and nobody is "going to die tomorrow" if nothing is done. Sadly, that's what it takes these days to get people to focus on an issue.

    Millions may die in 50 years... Millions may be displaced... but that's years away. People don't relate to it - they think "Oh, someone will fix it", and worry about more pressing problems.

    If I'm a producer, I have to think about what people are going to watch... "missing blonde 20-something on a tropical island?" bingo. "secret service sex scandal?" you betcha! But, graphs, charts, stats, and wonky scientists? nah... maybe if there is someone arguing with the scientists... but otherwise, how do I get ratings?

    Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

    by walk2live on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 06:05:46 PM PDT

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    •  What have you been reading and where? (1+ / 0-)
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      The climate crisis is not "50 years" away. It's here now. People are starving and being displaced and killed in droves worldwide.

      As to whether reporting on the climate crisis can generate public interest and market share, take a tip from Stephen Colbert:

      After months of scoffing at global warming, Colbert suddenly reversed his position, conceding its existence, not because of scientific evidence, but because of the box office success of An Inconvenient Truth, a sign that "the free market has spoken".
      Of course, there was also a wildly successful book of the same title, not to mention a Nobel Peace Prize for the author.

      There's ample "sizzle" in the climate crisis, literally and metaphorically.

      "All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe." ~ Thomas Paine

      by PreciousLittle on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 07:39:26 PM PDT

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