And while we’re talking about the “global” coverage of Sandy…

And by “global”, I’m not sure if I mean that or if I mean “Western”?

But anyway, that blanket coverage invoked this line:

Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-English speaking countries as to those that occur in English speaking countries.

from this last night:

Is it a bit of a shameful indictment on our Western psyche that Sandy is getting so much coverage, presumably “just” because it made landfall near New York. Were we bothered when Sandy hit Haiti earlier this week, or were we already considering the effect on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA?

Are we ever as concerned when a typhoon hits Bangladesh? Or can we honestly say that our fervent interest in Sandy is just because there are more actively connected people available to tell us what’s going on – in English?

On the other hand, I suppose we should also ask how aware or interested the people of Dhaka are in what’s going on in and around New York at the moment?

Hurricane Tom Jones

… is actually not unusual.

Everyone is talking about Hurricane Sandy today, which is unsurprising, but as ever, things should be kept in perspective.

As we enter the “new” age of social media, it’s sometimes important to remember that just because we see more news about these sort of things doesn’t actually mean that they are particularly unusual or even that they are occurring more regularly than previously.

And just as one swallow does not a summer make, neither is one hurricane proof for global warming, despite what any CNN weatherman might say.

Because New York has had many, many hurricanes hit it before. For example, Wikipedia has a list of 84 of them, dating back as far as the thirteenth century. And yes, Sandy may turn out to be a record breaker, but then so were many of those previous storms – the “Long Island Express” of 1938 is a particularly good example.

So just because this will probably be the most recorded, most shared, most tweeted hurricane in history, doesn’t mean that climate change is real.
Cherry-picking facts to suit one’s hypotheses has never been a valid method of conducting science and thus, conclusions based on that partial information will near invariably be false. Something you might like to remember when the green brigade trots out their post-Sandy propaganda.

Did you?

Here’s an interesting one. Have you shared, tweeted, retweeted or emailed any of these photos around?

Yes, it’s Buzzfeed’s list of 9 viral photos that AREN’T Hurricane Sandy.
And I’ve seen these two in the last 10 minutes alone.

This is a photoshop job. As if you couldn’t see that from the way the flag is blowing.

And this was from a wet day in September. Dedication, sure, but no hurricane here folks.

There will undoubtedly be some remarkable photos from Sandy’s visit to NYC and surrounds, so go have a look at the others so that you don’t get fooled. Oh, and if you shared any of the last three on that list, you need psychiatric help.