Friday, January 27, 2006

Speaking of Media Myths

Space Shuttle Challenger did not explode.

No, millions did not see it do so live on TV. The crew was not killed when it did so. Those are myths.

Don't believe me? Check out the linked article.


Anonymous said...

I have been aware of the fact that the crew was alive in the cabin until it hit the water since shortly after the accident.

I also remember a NASA employee demonstrating the failure of the rubber o-ring by dipping it in freezing cold water, which made it brittle.

Obvisouly, these myths are the result of persistant efforts by wacko environmentalists who hate NASA, hate the government, hate asbestos, and hate astronauts.

I remember exactly where and when I was when the accident happened. I was in electronics class at college. I also remember that being the year the Reagan was shot.

I don't know how myths in general get started, but I remember when I was a small youngin', our pastor did the "Rumor Experiment" in which he told two sides of the congregation two seperate statements, and each person had to whisper the statement word for word to the person next to or behind them. This proceeded to the very back of the church. Needless to say, the messages at the end were very different from the original message.

In short, people are not infallible, have lousy short term memories, and can't maintain a simple fact for more than ten seconds without screwing it up.

The Moody Minstrel said...

That makes stories passed by oral tradition over the centuries of rather dubious accuracy, doesn't it?

It just figures that you would also turn this into an attack on Liberals and/or environmentalists. Actually, I think it has more to do with human nature. People tend to accept what the people around them accept. If people started going around saying, "Al Gore is an alien invader in disguise," and the media picked up the line, it would probably come to be "common knowledge".

I remember where I was, too. I was coming up the stairs in my college dorm, and the Resident Assistant suddenly came running down the hallway yelling hysterically, "The Space Shuttle blew up! The Space Shuttle blew up! It went up like a roman candle!"

My friends and I then spent half the day glued to the TV. Bloody tragic.

Goemagog said...

"I also remember that being the year the Reagan was shot."

Excellent example of unreliable memory.

Goe, remembers both.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected, Reagan was shot in 1981. There was something significant that happened in politics that year though.

ladybug said...

I remember the TV shots of the McAuliffe's parents, pretty shameless yellow journalism if ya ask me...

But mostly I remember the jokes
(one blew left, one blew right?)

I guess I'm evil.

DewKid said...

Yeah, what did she tell the kids when she left home? You feed the dogs, I'll feed the fish!

Bdoom 'tish

DewKid, bad joke.

(what the heck is with the self-analysis every time, Goe?)

Corn Cob Bob said...

Holy corn toes!?? Al Gore is an Alien Invader!! I thought something was up with that guy!

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