josh (joshc) wrote,

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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.
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