Covering the Apocalypse

Friday, December 16, 2011


Even if you're not among those who believe the world will end on 12/21/2012, it's gotta end sometime right? And if there are still journalists at the end, they'll need a game plan. At a recent journalism pow-wow, the role of journalists in two apocalyptic scenarios -- global pandemic and alien invasion -- were discussed with funny and useful results. Brooke speaks with Andrew Fitzgerald who suggested the topic. 

Comments [9]

Tania from Chicago

Hi -- Me and my sister were inspired by this conversation, and created our own set of recommendations for the end of the world from the perspective of what we do: immigrant rights organizing. Just thought I would share:

Jan. 02 2012 01:23 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

As our own denial of our mortality leads us to prefer contemplating the end of the world, to our own, the death of a parent is equivalent for a young person and since the segment from Independence Day showed me shameless steal from Dylan Thamas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”, it brought me back to taping a copy of the poem over an obituary in our daily paper, which Dad had starting turning to first when he picked it up. Then I gave him the backrub that disclosed his cancer, saved his life for nearly 30 years and taught him to be proactive not merely sink alone in melancholically reflection.

That’s really why the press will need to cover the end. It might not be…

Dec. 22 2011 01:36 PM
Chris Gray

As with our own denial of our mortality leads us to prefer contemplating the end of the world, the death of a parent is equivalent for a young child

Dec. 22 2011 01:10 PM

"We're right on track for the collapse of the world as we know it" -- Ann Prehn, 2011

"But you tell me over and over and over again my friend ... that you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction" -- P.F. Sloan, 1965

Dec. 19 2011 01:04 PM
Larry Rasczak from Earth

Ann, I suspect the reason to "cutesify the topic" was so they could actually focus on the topic, of how journalists should act in mass disaster scenarios, rather than get bogged down in mudslinging over the highly politicized topics you discuss. In today's culture Liberals and Conservatives can more easily talk in a civil and rational matter about a Cylon attack, but can't do the same about our real problems. It is ironic but true.

Dec. 19 2011 10:20 AM
Ann Prehn

Why cutesify the topic? We're right on track for the collapse of the world as we know it - governments, capitalism, the environment...

Dec. 18 2011 05:57 PM

Perhaps the sardonic journalistic preparations for alien invasion, global pandemic and robot attacks can be tied into the panic over a climate change doomsday or would that jocular gibe hit sacred progressive dogma to close the bone for dismissive chortles?

Dec. 18 2011 12:09 PM
Brennan Moriarty from santa cruz

The Aliens may land/roll-in, hibernate [little house, 1970's] & then hatch as teenagers who are "ficticious nobodies'%". They'll send SOSoul signs & ambiguous mess-age'z --to this new world-- that there will be both civil disfunction (tele-scopic &!) and pandemics. The philo-Earth leaders wil say B!S! -&- they will divide and conquere the alien gift of liberty & justice with Normalcy hanging out their rear-ends; and proctologists will smile. The Alien Nobodies will then have no inde-VidU-Ally manifested choice nor education...INCApacitaEd -star trek.Warp!, [come] to the bridge. Logical Captain, she likes you, her moon's is nice...
Ignorance & propaganda [toy!s news to !-joys] ganda-eyes'Ed navigators sublime mediate the crime from distant galaxies---pragmatic NCLB_P.O.W. sic'em`~+)* L to Y _$_ ...<>DU2-ET 511 X .OO1% vector zero, shaken knot tested:. feminization & consummerISM on th blvd...moral wars &gene'Al ignorance.
The Martian says Parley, what should we do??! peace pipe or humor the Russians?

Dec. 17 2011 09:26 PM
Dean Ritchie

I'm amazed at the remark "It has to end sometime, right?" After thousands of years of expectation, an incredible number of radical changes in human nature, culture and governments, what about it should end? Human mortality leads each of us to expect the world to end before our death, but it hasn't yet, over tens of thousands of years and hundreds of generations. Why should it end now?

Dec. 17 2011 02:29 PM

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