I do not know if this only happens to me but I have realized thanks to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that the information given by the media and the information you get from Internet is not adapted at all to the urgency and importance of the disaster.
What I mean is that it is necessary to think about the lack of current media and the Internet to approach a disaster as the Fukushima one.
Let me consider different places of information:
TWITTER. Some times Twitter is the best way to get informed but I have realised that this time, with a very serious problem, Twitter just adds chaos to the chaos! When you read tweets you have a mix from tweets ralated to what is happening now with tweets about what happened one hour ago or one day ago. For example, you read a tweet that says “fire in reactor four” but this may happen now or maybe it refers to the fire of yesterday! So, unfortunately Twitter is not a good tool to be WELL INFORMED! There is a problem with timing and with the source you get the information.
MY NEWSPAPER. One way of getting informed is reading the newspaper. I mean, of course, the online version! This also has some inconveniences. Maybe your newspaper gets the information from other sources and these sources are not in the language of the newspaper. This means that when you read your usual newspaper you get the news with a bit of delay! So in you online newspaper may be you read “increase of radiation in Tokyo” and then you go to a more updated source that says “the level has decreased”. This means that you cannot rely on your online newspaper to be updated when the news really happen!
24 HOURS TV. In some parts of the world, or maybe everywhere, I do not know, we have tv 24 hours channels. You may think they are the best way to know but I have realise that they repeat information that has been made some hours ago so this causes confusion. So the main news is sometimes “Explosion in reactor number one”. And you know the explosion has happened 12 hours ago and you are looking for newer information. So the way that information is given is old fashioned! Each time you give information you should know when the information was created! It is as if our modern media worked in a 19th century fashion.
TO BE CONTINUED …
- Fukushima update: Radiation briefly reaches one sievert an hour (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Two of the ‘Fukushima 50’ missing in reactor as new fire breaks out (theage.com.au)
- Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Problem Explained (freetech4teachers.com)
- ‘Should we stay or go?’ (theage.com.au)
- Rescuers exposed to radiation in Japan as search for 145 Aussies goes on (theage.com.au)
- Japan in nuclear standby (rt.com)
- Aussies exposed in rescue (theage.com.au)