15 January 2010

The World is Flattened but is the World Flat?

The appalling tragedy that has hit Haiti has not found reverberation here in India. The media coverage is pathetic. Most of the print and electronic media is pushing it in as an afterthought. The national cricket final is the most important news on earth. For God’s sake!
What good are all those submarine cables that snake along the ocean floor if the pain of the Haitians does not pour out from this end of the cable? Is Friedmanian flat world only about opportunity and not about sensitivity? It is time to wake up to the real flat world. It is time that the tremors of the Pacific are felt in the Indian Ocean.
What can we do? The Government has enough expertise to handle the aftermath of a quake. Let us rush our disaster experts to Haiti without any delay. Let us follow that with airloads and shiploads of aid that the Haitians want. Let the Prime Minister ask for donations into the Prime Minister’s relief fund for the Haitian temblor. I have no doubt that the citizens and the Companies will pull out all stops to fill the relief coffers.
Let us do something, not just promise.
An earthquake has flattened the Haitians’ world and it is up to us to make sure that we respond as in a flat world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with your post. Sometimes we are very good at rhetorics rather than actual action. But to be honest that's what the news media is, they think they know the pulse of the mass that is going to read their news and reports news accordingly.

I live in a different part of the world where the Haiti tragedy is being reported but only what people from that country is doing. The outpouring from the rest of the world is not being reported in the popular websites or TV channels.

The mistake of the media is in the assumption that everybody is self centered and only interested in their own little world. Today's world has changed so the news media of the world its time you kept pace and grew up!!


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