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Columbia (the shuttle, not the country)

Here's how distrustful of my government I've become: when they first said something on the news about how people shouldn't go near the debris of the space shuttle because it could be toxic, I thought "bullshit. They had something up there that they don't want us to know about." Which is, of course, ridiculous. Even if they DID, that doesn't make breathing in rocket fuel fumes any more healthy.

That said, I can't turn the tv off. They're not giving me any more information, and they keep saying "it's way too early to speculate, but . . . " and then proceed to speculate. But I need to have it on because I need to feel connected, some how, to everyone else, everyone else in the country. The Spanish channels are showing the same footage, because they have the same concerns. I don't understand how someone could not have a tv in this situation -- or better yet, during a tragedy with much greater casualties, say, oh, I don't know, 9/11? Didn't you feel lost and disconnected and scared? Did you leave the radio on? But I know everyone deals with things differently, and that not everyone has it on as I do.

Anyway . . . yeah. The space shuttle crashed, if you haven't heard yet. With seven on board. Two of the people were on their second mission; the rest were on their first. I'm hoping for peace for the families of those lost, and hope for the NASA space program.

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singingdorkette
Feb. 1st, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
man, i had no clue that it blew up until i read your journal!
on september 11th, my school wouldn't let us near the radios or televisions, which was the cruelest possible thing they could have done! i mean, hello, our entire city was on EXPLODING and they were passing us second hand information because they didn't want to let the news whip us into a panic.
ps: i am distrustful of the government too. when they sent FEMA to test our apartment for asbestos, i was convinced they were just going to go through my stuff and tell the president about it all.
wiffler
Feb. 1st, 2003 11:26 am (UTC)
this is horrible. i hardly pay attention to the NASA space program. i hope NASA presses on. this is such an important program for our society. if put in perspective, more people have died building single structures - like bridges or sky scrapers than in the entire NASA space program.
ziggurat
Feb. 1st, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
I don t have TV. i don t feel the need to be "connected", as you put it, to a bunch of people i don t know. why should i care about 5 austronauts? what about millions in africa, china etc?

i hadn t heard about this until i read my friends page. i saw this, which describes pretty well how i feel about all that crap that americans care so much about.
littlewashu
Feb. 1st, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
i don t feel the need to be "connected", as you put it, to a bunch of people i don t know.

Okay. That's cool. I do.

As for the entry to which you linked -- I'm aware that seven lives are not that many in the grand scheme of things. I'm not "crying" about it. I know that they knew what they were getting into. I'm probably more concerned that this will affect the space program in a bad way. But I don't understand . . . nevermind. I'm not able to express what I feel properly. Something about how dismissing tragedy because there's tragedy all over the place isn't really going to help anything. If you hear about some old lady getting hit by a bus and you think "who cares? People die every day," is that preferable to giving a shit?

I, personally, would rather give a shit. I prefer compassion to detachment. To each his own.
myasma
Feb. 1st, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC)
right.
"i don t feel the need to be "connected", as you put it, to a bunch of people i don t know. "

Which, of course, explains why you comment about it on LJ.
petit_chou
Feb. 1st, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how someone could not have a tv in this situation -- or better yet, during a tragedy with much greater casualties, say, oh, I don't know, 9/11? Didn't you feel lost and disconnected and scared? Did you leave the radio on?

I didn't feel any of those things you mentioned because I listened to the radio a bit that morning and I called my loved ones in New York and I read stuff on the internet (the Tragedy Memes strike LiveJournal the hardest). TV broadcasts make me furious anyway, so even if I did have reception at the time of either of these events, I don't think I'd watch it.
myasma
Feb. 1st, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was a little suspicious as well, but I'm always thinking that there is more below the surface about most everything.

But besides the whole "toxic" thing, I thing they are probably mostly concerned with getting as much of it back as possible, rather than haveing pieces mounted in every family room in Texas.
tamisevens
Feb. 1st, 2003 04:10 pm (UTC)
ugh. try having like, 15 TVs all around you, plus a million radio stations. That's what my day was like on Sept 11.

That being said, I couldn't turn off the TV when I would go home, expect I was using this ass-old set that barley worked. I sort of got NBC... but when it wouldn't work, I listened to the radio a lot. Either talk radio or KYW or NPR.

I think I'd prefer a reliable radio station to TV, if given the choice.
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