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Thursday, December 28, 2006, 3:20 pm / A

Earthquakes and Economics

An earthquake rocks Taiwan and the papers were all about internet connections being disrupted. If say, a thousand people were killed, would the headlines be different? I doubt it; nothing can be done about those killed, whilst the livelihoods of thousands more depend on those cables.
Me: so it’s all about survival eh?
B. says: preeetty much

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  1. B / Dec 29 2006 1:05 am

    Mmmmm basic instincts.

  2. liquidblackout / Dec 30 2006 6:14 am

    Nah, that’s not fair. The earthquake of September 21, 1999 killed a lot of people and was very destructive, so that’s what made headlines. It’s just because no one died this time.

  3. lithiumed / Dec 30 2006 4:59 pm

    I think two people died in the quake.
    Well, question is, is the death of one person lesser than the destroyed cables? Or would it have been different if that person had been an influential figure in the world?
    If the answer to the former question is yes, then, how many people have to be killed in order for the cables not to take precedence over the deaths?

  4. liquidblackout / Dec 31 2006 5:19 am

    In Canada, as far as I know, they had coverage for both the kid who got crushed under something falling from the earthquake and someone else, as well as the destroyed cables. They try to cover everything. I think it’s because we read a newspaper run by Taiwanese Canadians, so every little detail like that is important. Just like gossip about Chen Shui Bian, his scandal, his son-in-law’s scandal, etc, all made headlines…here, in Canada.

    I don’t know about Singapore, but the Canadian newspapers focused on the destroyed cables because it was talking about how stupid the planning was for there not to be an alternative, especially in this day and age. Check Intensecure’s post on that (scroll a bit down)…

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