The Tsunami Disaster in Southern Asia: Children Will Remain in Crisis Long After the Media Coverage Subsides-- ©Joi Kohlhagen, January 1, 2005

Written by Joi Kohlhagen

Unlike many dynamics in society whererepparttar genesis ultimately evolves and rises until it reaches its apex, media coverage-in all of its forms: print, broadcast, or internet based—is quiterepparttar 132241 opposite. News coverage for all events, particularly those of great disaster and tragedy, begins at its apex, when coverage is ubiquitous, and provides intense and detailed media attention. The reporting always ultimately subsides, over a matter of days, or weeks, or months, depending uponrepparttar 132242 event. Inrepparttar 132243 case ofrepparttar 132244 tsunami disaster in Southern Asia, where over 150,000 people perished, one third of them estimated to be children and where a projected one million or more children (numbers provided are as of January 1st, 2005,repparttar 132245 date of this writing) are critically injured, orphaned, and homeless, media coverage will continue for a long while, but in different form and intensity.

The tsunami was a cataclysmic and horrific event in of itself. Yetrepparttar 132246 timing ofrepparttar 132247 disaster providedrepparttar 132248 media with additional angles, which in some cases misdirectedrepparttar 132249 focus of some ofrepparttar 132250 more critical elements ofrepparttar 132251 media coverage. The tsunami ravaged through Southern Asiarepparttar 132252 day after Christmas and days beforerepparttar 132253 many scheduled world wide New Year's festivities. There was a tragic irony that its victims, many of whom were just a day before happily rejoicing in holiday celebrations, would 24 hours later either succumb torepparttar 132254 wrath of one ofrepparttar 132255 largest tsunamis in history or become seriously injured, orphaned and/or homeless as a result. This singular point of tragic irony was made over and over again, implying as ifrepparttar 132256 tsunami had arrived a month earlier or a month later, it somehow would have been less devastating and tragic.

Asrepparttar 132257 days became further distanced from Christmas and New Year's Eve approached, there were widely reported accounts thatrepparttar 132258 death tolls and enormity of destruction were much worse than initially feared. Predictably—and arguably gratuitously—during New Year's Eve day and night, broadcast and cable television coverage were filled with images ofrepparttar 132259 juxtaposition of lavish celebrations forrepparttar 132260 New Year world wide-cutting back intermittently to scenes of unfathomable devastation, body bags lined up further thanrepparttar 132261 eye (orrepparttar 132262 television camera) could see, and shots of adults crying in pain and children hoarded in shelters withrepparttar 132263 blank looks of trauma on their faces.

It is improbable that this kind of coverage was planned. There was no natural disaster of this magnitude in recent history for reporters, producers, and editors to use as a frame of reference. The geographically far reaching devastation ofrepparttar 132264 disaster, including remote and isolated areas that were without communication systems and where local roads leading to them were destroyed, made meaningful reporting duringrepparttar 132265 first days of coverage in those regions nearly impossible.

Evenrepparttar 132266 most seasoned journalists often find it difficult to distinguish whenrepparttar 132267 reporting of essential and relevant details that provide newsworthy context crossesrepparttar 132268 line to superfluous and maudlin reporting of gratuitous and sometimes exploitative details of a horrific event or its victims. Indeed, afterrepparttar 132269 9/11 tragedy,repparttar 132270 media was widely criticized forrepparttar 132271 relentless repetition ofrepparttar 132272 airing of footage ofrepparttar 132273 second plane crashing intorepparttar 132274 former World Trader Center, in addition torepparttar 132275 airing of similar frequency video of victims jumping out of windows, andrepparttar 132276 excruciating footage ofrepparttar 132277 crumbing ofrepparttar 132278 buildings. The media was quick to respond and agreed withrepparttar 132279 public outcry. Shortly after, almost all broadcast and cable stations (at least inrepparttar 132280 United States) ceasedrepparttar 132281 relentless airing of that footage.

It is reasonably anticipated that there eventually will be a similar shift of coverage ofrepparttar 132282 tsunami, shifting reporting ofrepparttar 132283 gruesome to reporting ofrepparttar 132284 substantial. For example,repparttar 132285 media will likely report onrepparttar 132286 probable investigations of significant relevance, includingrepparttar 132287 lack of warning systems inrepparttar 132288 regions ofrepparttar 132289 affected areas;repparttar 132290 reasons behind whyrepparttar 132291 first affected area was not able to be in communication with surrounding areas to provide notice for evacuation attempts, andrepparttar 132292 examination of how to rebuild aroundrepparttar 132293 fault lines that caused or contributed torepparttar 132294 disaster.

The media has an even greater responsibility regarding its coverage ofrepparttar 132295 tsunami disaster. When media assumerepparttar 132296 task (as well it should) of providing ubiquitous and extensive non-stop coverage for catastrophes, it also hasrepparttar 132297 obligation to recognizerepparttar 132298 effectrepparttar 132299 coverage has on many millions of people worldwide. People often equaterepparttar 132300 severity of a situation withrepparttar 132301 amount and intensity ofrepparttar 132302 media coverage it receives. It is inevitable that eventuallyrepparttar 132303 depth ofrepparttar 132304 tsunami's destruction will be determined,repparttar 132305 estimation ofrepparttar 132306 number of dead will be finalized, andrepparttar 132307 detailed ironies ofrepparttar 132308 holiday period coincidence may (mercifully) no longer seem relevant. The result is thatrepparttar 132309 media coverage will eventually diminish significantly, even as reports on various investigations unfold. Any diseases that may emerge will be covered. Updates of humanitarian relief efforts also will continue to be reported, as will coverage ofrepparttar 132310 survivors, both those still suffering from medical and psychological trauma and those who are heroically organizing and participating in efforts to rebuild.

The public may not realize how suddenlyrepparttar 132311 media coverage will diminish. As indicated above, when ubiquitous and intense media coverage of a catastrophic event eventually and inevitably becomes sporadic, a common consequence is for people to forget, or at least lose a sense thatrepparttar 132312 most piercing tragic elements of that horrific event will indefinitely continue to endure. Consciously or not, people often equaterepparttar 132313 level of media coverage torepparttar 132314 level ofrepparttar 132315 magnitude ofrepparttar 132316 reported event. It is extremely important forrepparttar 132317 media to frequently point out that even though its coverage will decrease, perhaps inrepparttar 132318 coming months torepparttar 132319 point of scarce mention,repparttar 132320 tragedy still endures. Millions of children will likely still be homeless or otherwise harmed and in great need for ongoing medical treatment for their serious injuries and to battlerepparttar 132321 onslaught of diseases that are widely predicted to emerge. They will also continue to be in need of uncontaminated food and water, and other basic necessities of life.

Why A Father is Not A Dad

Written by Brian Maloney

It can be said that any man who procreates is a father, whether present in that child’s life or not. While this is technically true, it really takes a man to be a dad!

There is nothing more insulting than a cavalier man thinking he has every right inrepparttar world to seerepparttar 132238 child he helped to create, but was never there for him or her. It is as if he or she is obligated to him like that of a debt.

As a child of a broken home and now as a father myself, I knowrepparttar 132239 purest definition of being a dad isrepparttar 132240 time spent with your child that will always prevail inrepparttar 132241 end.

Would you remember your father more if he was a millionaire but never there, or a near-penniless man who spent time with you and showed yourepparttar 132242 love you needed?

To me, it’s a no brainer!

However, many dynamics can and do interfere with being a dad. Turmoil-ridden marriages, separations, relocations, resentment fromrepparttar 132243 child, andrepparttar 132244 ever-abundant brainwashing of a child to hate.

So if you’re a father doing his best to be a dad, how do you overcome such obstacles?

Do everything in your power to maintainrepparttar 132245 bond you have with your child! If that means following that child to Timbuktu and lose your career, getting on better terms withrepparttar 132246 child’s mother, or simply putting more time into strengtheningrepparttar 132247 father-child relationship.

If there is anything I can take from my own father, is that of sporadic appearances and child support from over 2000 miles away never satisfied my need for a dad. Today, as a 32 yr. old man, it has never been so evident how important a dad is in a child’s life. My humble opinion is that I would have had a lot less security issues had a dad been present in my childhood.

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