Thursday, July 07, 2005

London Explosions

The London transportation system was bombed today. It's not something that would have gathered much attention in the US before 9-11 but now we're hearing that Lisa Kudrow tried to call her former Friends co-star David Schwimmer in London. Do we really need to know that? No. Some real facts would be nice, but the US news media believes that Americans are too stupid to comprehend anything without some "entertainment" thrown in. I've always been a media defender, but they're wearing on me.

I'd really like to hear from real information, other than about the Live 8 concert and celebrities. But, in the US, we're so damned shallow that if it didn't happen to Americans, it doesn't really matter to large numbers of people. Drives me nuts. Oh... btw... it's freaking CNN that's "reporting" what Lisa Kudrow is doing on this day.

As is always the case with such things, when there's a personal connection, it's so much more real. I don't know anyone living in London at the moment, but I certainly recognize those tube stops. My "neighborhood" in London is Bloomsbury - near the British Museum - that's where I stayed everytime I went - and most of the tube stops that were hit were in that area. Kings Cross, Russell Square, Aldgate and Liverpool Street were all names that jumped out at me because I'd been there many times.

I hate the phrases like, "London bombing... How Safe is America?" Can we not, even for a moment, on this day when dozens have lost their lives and hundreds are wounded, just for a second, could we Americans please have just a little shred of decency, just a tiny one, and accept that lives of people other than those born in America are important enough to get their due, to be remembered? If we can't accept it, could we please just fake it for just a few hours? Please? Could we focus on those who are dead and hurt, instead of making it all about America? Just this once? Please?

2 comments:

David Bridger said...

Hi Patsy,

David Bridger from UK here, following your link from the enfp board.

Firstly, I want to thank you for your concern for the people caught up in "7/7" - as our media a starting to call it. Thank you and bless you.

And, secondly, I want to beg you not to feel bad about the domestic slant your media puts on such events.

That's the media - it's how they think.

But it's not how normal people are communicating with each other. The personal messages of support and concern that I've received from American friends have been warm and completely unselfish. And this is in keeping with my entire experience of the nature of your people.

So don't worry about the media, eh?

And thanks again. We'll be okay and we appreciate your being there for us.

Patsy Terrell said...

It's so kind of you to write.

I'm just continually disheartened by the American media. CNN here and CNN in other countries is completely different.

I used to be part of the media, so hate to see/hear/read hear such things.

I'm glad that you don't have the experience of individuals being callous, but I do wish that as a nation - our government, media, etc. - that we offered that same face to the world.

Thanks so much for writing.