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why, frances, why?

Can someone please explain the television journalism convention of sending a human to stand outside in ridiculously bad weather to convey storm severity to the home audience? Did early audiences not understand the concept of heavy winds and rain unless the effect was being demonstrated in the form of a ponchoed anchorperson being battered around the coastline?

Could we not understand the forces of nature through remote cameras and a scarecrow?


The phenomenon is especially interesting when the newsperson bemusedly discusses the people who have refused to evacuate the area.

update: apparently, viewer concern about this issue has reached a critical mass, such that the element-battered on-camera talent now addresses their contradictory situation with the explanation of safe buildings and limited exposure to the storms.


Did you see last year's coverage of Isabele when the reporter actually got picked up and blown by the wind? It wasn't - like - too terrible but still, freaky! Dumb people - go inside.
I didn't see it, but you'd think that these people would learn from the past. Being thrown around by the wind is not necessary to let us know that the weather is bad.
I think it's the convention of the byline, maybe. Actually being there really does matter, or else you get Jayson Blair, and nobody wants that.
ooh! I really like that theory because it (1) makes the seeming idiocy seem principled and (2) there is no (2). I guess I would believe that there was a storm from the satellite photos, radar, and theoretical remote or robotic cameras, but it might be a slippery slope.

Plus, I think that the journalists get a kick out of diving into dangerous situations.


unrelated: I was at a movie last night when you called. I will really try to call you back, if only to challenge your guess that I wouldn't. But, you know about me and telephones.
It was partly that Chris said she had called you. I guess. I would love to talk, but feel no pressure.