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Evelyn Rodriguez of Crossroads Dispatches survived the tsunami and has been widely interviewed about her experience, including this interview with the San Jose Mercury News (free subscription required).

She writes that the media seem far more concerned about “what it felt like to be in the middle of the tsunami (the thrill part)”, rather than the more important issues of thanking the people of Thailand, or suggestions for the US Embassy.

In the world of media competition that is certainly what sells, along with the ever increasing video coverage of the actual event. At the cleanup progresses, one hopes that the other messages won’t be lost, otherwise we will have learned nothing from this disaster.