Time to get a move on..

It’s been almost a year since the Asian Tsunami Crisis which practically devastated many Asian countries. Television channels over here are releasing collections of footages as well as documentary as a form of rememberance of the deaths as well as those who suffered during the crisis.

I wouldn’t say that I don’t approve of making disaster footage documentaries, but wouldn’t that actually remind those who were involved of the pain and suffering of the event? As if the memory of it isn’t enough, they now get to see and relive that fateful day all over again. I’m not sure that’s really effective as a rememberance. We’re treading a very thin line here between letting the rest of the world understand what happened that day, and actually reminding those affected of the pain they went through that day.

Sometimes it’s just better to look ahead, pick up the pieces and get on with life. As they say, walk towards the sun and you’ll never see the shadow. Escapist, but it works.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jasmeet (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 9:03 pm

    Well put man, especially that last paragraph.

  2. Tym (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 12:36 am

    I agree that the media’s having a bit of an orgy on this, and that’s really the issue, isn’t it? On Channel NewsAsia’s 7 pm “Southeast Asia special” on the tsunami tonight, they mentioned how a memorial event in Thailand had been disrupted by a foreign mourner who had an outburst along the lines of, “Why can’t you [the media] just leave us [the mourners] alone?!” Naturally, CNA didn’t bother to acknowledge any truth in that comment but went blithely on to talk about the “sombre mood” as if they were expecting things to be different.

    I’m not sure what really helps the survivors get over the psychological trauma, but I don’t think this sort of media frenzy is it.

  3. jer (unregistered) on December 28th, 2005 @ 4:49 am

    I think nowadays, as long as it makes good TV, everything is possible.

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