February 02, 2011, 11:42 AM — Normally, following the arrival of the daily Talking Points fax from Mainstream Media central control, I do my best to write about the issues on the list of What's Important Today.
As a tech writer this is often difficult, because the MM doesn't really do technology coverage except to make a big deal about how cute the new iPhone is, how adorable the last iPhone was and how much all right-thinking people lust after the next iPhone, and How Technology is Transforming Society (primarily after the writer learned to download apps onto a new iPhone).
So, even though it would be a lot more interesting to write about Egypt, if only to follow any story that includes the line "groups of government supporters riding horses and camels plowed into crowds of protesters wielding whips and sticks."
Still, despite how much we all loved snow as kids for both entertainment and school-avoidance properties, it has since become clear that snow is a deliberate provocation and direct threat to all of our lives.
TV news and newspapers drive hysteria very effectively, of course. If you get your news online, however, you may miss the opportunity quake in fear as you selfishly focus on topics that are more realistic and interesting to you.
As a service to the Mainstream Media Engendering Fear committee, I will port the step-by-step sequence of hysteria creation and response into what TV and newspaper people still refer to as "new" media:
First, warn of impending disaster: