Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I started figuratively holding my breath when the news about the tragedy in Blacksburg, Virginia started trickling in yesterday. It was just too dreadful to comprehend so, maybe if I held my breath long enough the news would improve. It didn't. The saturation of media coverage has been overwhelming. Stunned students were surrounded by cameras and had microphones shoved at their faces. News junkies feed off of this frenzy -- not a healthy occupation. Immediately following such a massive tragedy is not the time for such intrusive, insensitive behaviour. Constant speculation about who, what and why only sustains the turmoil and delays recovery. We all need to catch our breath, take time to mourn the dead, let law enforcement do its work and, offer support and comfort to the victims, their families and friends.