Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This morning on the radio there was a story about the latest hurricane to strike the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. At the end, the broadcaster informs us of one American tourist who is reported missing and presumed dead.
In fairness, it’s radio. It’s also Canadian radio so why do we care about this faceless American whose family is likely in a panic wondering about their whereabouts of their daughter, mother, sister, niece or aunt.
But the same thing happens in local traffic reports.
Someone is dead due to an accident on Hwy. 401, which means traffic is stopped and won’t improve until long after the rush hour.
How rude of that person to get into a car accident, die and inconvenience the rest of us trying to get to work that day.
I realize it’s the traffic report and that is why people are listening, but it often doesn’t become news either.
And to me, it just seems cold.
Someone is dead. Dozens of other people will no longer be the same and we glazed over the end of their story for headaches about our morning commute.
It just seems cold.