Trapped Miners

In case you’ve been living under a rock, some miners were trapped in Tasmania, but they’re out now. Normal programming may resume.

Can anybody tell me what the big deal was?

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4 thoughts on “Trapped Miners

  1. Philip

    Perhaps we can bury you a kilometre under the ground for a few days and not tell you whether we can get you out, and then you might be able to decide if it’s a big deal or not.

  2. josh Post author

    Okay, where are the minute-by-minute updates on these guys? The Sudan has had more than one person killed – where are the newscrews asking the relatives what they are feeling? What about the Ozzies killed on the roads in the last two weeks – if you want Tasmanians, four were killed in nearby Bagdad, Tasmania? What about the ongoing carnage in Iraq? What about the troubles Pakistan is having getting aid after their earthquake?

    Our news services are failing us.

    Yes, being trapped underground would be distressing. But get a grip. This is not news worthy of interrupting the nightly TV schedule. This is not something worth discussing, because your opinion isn’t going to affect anything. In fact, it’s barely worth noticing because even if aware of it, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it happening in the future.

    This is not news. Want a feel good story? Watch Dr Phil.

  3. Randall Swain

    Josh

    I think the issue is that the miners were within reach, but unable to get out. Whereas all the others you mentioned either died pretty quickly or (in the case of the guys lost at sea) were not able to be found. It’s the “so close but yet so far” issue for the miners.

    I don’t think anyone would argue with you on the minute by minute updates though….

  4. Ren

    Personally, I like the “feel good” stories with the happy endings. I couldn’t give a toss about dickheads blowing themselves up in Iraq – not my problem. Nothing I can do about it. Nothing I could say that would fix it. Likewise with the shootings and accidents in Tasmania. They happen too often worldwide for THEM to be news worthy.

    Being shot or hit by a car or blown up with a bomb has a distinct air of finality. No one is left to wonder because what’s happened is right in front of their eyes. There’s no mystery. In most cases there’s no suffering of any sort either. It just happens. Often.

    However, firstly, having a couple of guys burried alive a kilometre down below ground with barely enough space to sit up, alone and in the dark (and wondering for five full days if anyone would find them or be able to get to them) plays in the “ickiness” section of the human brain and psyche, therefore something like this is a HUGE deal to people. Secondly, people walking out of a collapsed mine two weeks after it caved in IS news because it doesn’t happen all that often. It’s also drama worthy as well, so expect rather bad telemovies in the near future.

    I agree, though, that the coverage of the whole thing was waaaay overblown. We didn’t need constant coverage of them saying “Nearly there… nearly there… DOH! Another 48 hours! Quick, show sad family faces!” It did get annoying.

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