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Essay On Tsunami, December 26th 2004 The Disaster That Was Caused By The Tsuanmi, And It Takes A Look Into Its Sociological Persepctives

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On December 26, 2004 the world experienced the most devastating natural disaster to hit the Indian Ocean. It was classified as a tsunami, a tsunami holding immense power equivalent to the destruction of three nuclear bombs. Tsunami waves can become more than 30 feet high as they come into shore and can rush miles inland across low-lying areas. The death tolls were astronomical causing much grief, pain and depression throughout the world. "Estimates of the total toll from the eleven countries hit by the disaster range from about 162 000 to 178 000. Tens of thousands more are missing and many are presumed dead." (The star, 2005) A similar situation did occur in the past where a similar ...view middle of the document...

Mass media comes in many different forms such as television, magazines, the inter-net and etc. There has been no natural disaster with the same impact as the Asian tsunami in more than 40 years. The media has globally and domestically telecasted information based on the aftershocks of the Asian tsunami. An example would be supplying the countries hit by the tsunami and of course, the remainder of the world with the total number of deaths, injuries and missing persons. Not only has the media entirely focused on aspects related to the suffering of post tsunami, they have engaged in efforts to supply and increase the amount of social aid. The media played a vital role in the amount of donations individuals, as well as countries invested to the tsunami relief fund. In today's society, it is fair to say that the media is the most powerful entity that influences decisions at the micro and macro level. In the newspaper article by Margaret Wente, "Goodness and guilt have Canadians giving", was a perfect example of the media motivating the public to assist the tsunami relief aid. It was incredible to see members of a local community give whatever change saved up to the local tsunami fund. For example, from the article, it stated, "This money was for our trip in March, about $200.We would like to give this money to help the people who were injured by the tsunami."(Globe and Mail, Jan 4, 2005) Reading this statement, as a human, I was compelled to give a similar donation to the Asian tsunami relief due to the media's attractive tactics to engage readers in experiencing the giving feeling. From the same article, you can distinguish that the communication between countries has enhanced during post tsunami. Countries have sent aid relief workers to all countries injured by the tsunami which has strengthened ties and communication. For instance, Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) spent months with their operation in Sri Lanka to help improve the quality of life in countries such as Sri Lanka. The Media portrays Canada's peace keeping will and "helpful" culture which has been defined as one of Canada's ideologies. The United States have also marshaled a fleet of aircraft carriers and helicopters to deliver relief supplies (Globe and Mail, Jan 4, 2005); not to mention the doctors and nurses representing nations from all over the globe taking time to volunteer their services in the shook countries.I stop to wonder though, would we, the people of this world have compassion and the will to donate any money if the media did not possess the power to influence or motivate? As it was clearly stated by Johnson, "What happens when the camera crews go home?" (Globe and Mail, Jan 4, 2005) The media has become an institutionalized necessity with the western culture. From a sociological perspective, the media plans and organizes what the world should hear and know. "Those deaths are mostly invisible to us, and those people died one at a time. They were not...

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