Week 18 - Special Reports
*beep* *beep* *beep* We interrupt your normal TV viewing for this special report!!!
You guessed it, this week's topic, Special Report interruptions! *grin*
1. On a whole do you feel most Special Reports are really that special? Or are they simply annoying?
It depends on what it is. I get annoyed at channels like FOX News and CNN where there constantly seems to be some type of alert on the bottom of the screen. NEWS ALERT! The world hasn't changed in the past five minutes. I think if it's really something newsworthy, it should be cut in for. On the other hand, I still remember a couple of years ago during the season premiere of Lois and Clark that all ABC cut into the show for footage of Jimmy Carter getting on a plane. There was nothing saying he'd be successful in what he set out to do, just that he was getting on a plane. That is not what I'd call life-threatening for me to know.
2. What special report has effected you most? (IE: (9/11, Reagan being shot...etc)
I was in school when Reagan was shot and the Challenger exploded. I'd have to say 9/11...I saw the 2nd plane hit live and was horrified to hear the Pentagon was under attack since my dad worked there at the time. I remember running down the hall at work to call him on his cell phone, hoping he was off-site that day. Wouldn't ya know it--he forgot his cell phone that day?!? Thankfully, he was OK, but I cannot imagine what it was like for those families who waited so long for a call and then got bad news.
3. Do you stay tuned in for Special Reports or do you reach for the remote?
I will stay to see what it is.
~Bonus~ Not exactly a special report but more on special coverage. What are your thoughts on some of the "Special Coverage" spots that have hit TV lately? One that comes to mind for me is the 24 hour a day coverage of Ronald Reagan's body laying in state at the White House. Something we needed to see or just plain morbid?
I think that we'll never see a funeral like Reagan's again in our lifetime, so the coverage was fully justified and necessary. It was a time for our country to come together to celebrate the life of a great leader and mourn his passing from us. I just wish that we could have that unity and willingness to put aside our differences to do what is best for our country every day instead of just in times of tragedy like Reagan's passing or 9/11.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/20/2004 11:14:00 AM