Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Just an Observation

Yahoo! has a sidebar for news on their home page. When major events warrant, they sometimes reserve a section for the event with a small picture. That is all fine and dandy.

However, during their tsunami coverage, they have been circulating through a number of screaming Sri Lankan or Indian women. One picture makes sense, but having a rotating gallery of screaming (and probably grieving) women is just plain weird. Taken en masse, it reminds me of my Aaaaaaaah! web entry.

In the big picture, this doesn't really matter, but part of the job of blogs is to chronicle the things that don't matter along with the things that do (like the details of fixing a taillight or caption contests).

It certainly doesn't lessen the humbling scope of this tragedy.

4 comments:

thehim said...

As the esteemed Boss Tweed recently coined, it's still the "Oh my God, Everything's on Fire Media".

Don Snabulus said...

I appreciate you keeping the comments alive. The Moody Minstrel is out of town and he is my most frequent commenter (and a poster as well!).

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yahoo! is just showing their true colors by using sexist advertising. They figure that showing the "weaker gender" in distress will elicit a hero response in "real men". (Either that, or the said "real men" will think, gee...maybe that poor honey needs some COMFORT!)

Yes, that was pretty tasteless, but maybe not so far off the mark.

After all, remember who Yahoo! gave their biggest political contributions to.

ElTigris said...

"Is the head dead yet? the boys in the newsroom have a running bet... they want dirrrttyy lauunnddrry...the bubble headed bleached blonde on it 5 talks about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye"

pretty much says it all ...