Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Oh, the Humanity! or The Seven Modern Media Plagues

First, there was financial calamity. Next, there was threat of SUPERVOLCANO! Now, ebola and bird flu are back:

The authorities in Angola say they have closed part of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Angolan officials said all movement of people from northern Luande Norte province to DR Congo would be stopped.

The outbreak in DR Congo was the first in Africa in several months and the fourth in DR Congo since 1976.

It is believed to have infected at least 40 people of which more than ten have died.


Just when you thought you could scratch bird flu off your list of things to worry about in 2009, the deadly H5N1 virus has resurfaced in poultry in Hong Kong for the first time in six years, reinforcing warnings that the threat of a human pandemic isn't over.

India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and mainland China also experienced new outbreaks in December. During the same period, four new human cases -- in Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia -- were reported to the World Health Organization. A 16-year-old girl in Egypt and a 2-year-old girl in Indonesia have died.

When I first conceived this post, my plan was to poke fun at the media's alarmist nature, as I am wont to do. But then I began to think about the seven plagues, and I began to wonder what the modern media's seven plagues were. This is what I came up with:

  1. Bird flu/Ebola
  2. Economic calamity (famine)
  3. Supervolcano/'Big One' earthquakes/Monster tsunamis
  4. Asteroid impact
  5. Global warming
  6. Species Extinction
  7. Fresh water scarcity
What say you? Am I missing any?

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