I'll probably piss of some folks by saying this, but that's tough. This is my blog.
Shut up about the Shuttle already.
I'm sick of everyone jumping on the tragic double standard's bandwagon. Really sick of it.
How many people die in this country EVERY DAY because of car accidents? What isn't that on the evening news, front page of the paper, and all over the blog world? Are those deaths somehow less important than those of a handfull of astronauts?
So if it's not that these folks were somehow more valuable, what's behind this? The loss of the physical shuttle? I think not. We have a few more in the fleet.
Is it the surprise? I'd hope not. We've all known that spaceflight is dangerous. Heck, most of us were alive for the first shuttle accident. Some even remember the problems that the Apollo and Gemini programs encountered.
I just don't get it.
Of course I feel for the families of the crew--just like anytime I hear of an unfortunate death. But I just don't see the reason for all the publicity and coverage.
Do people really care so much about this or is the media driving this? If it is, how do we get them to stop already?
Go ahead. Flame if you must. But I'd rather you try to enlighten me a bit.
Posted by jzawodn at February 01, 2003 06:47 PM