As Hurricane Katrina makes ‘landfall’, this from the Viridian Design mailing list’s Bruce Sterling:
In the meantime, however, humanityâs incapacity to recognize and deal with its own peril is becoming eerie. And hilarious. Granted, this situation is not going to feel all chucklesome if youâre shivering in the New Orleans Superdome while its parking lots sink underwater, but that awesome mayhem is just the Southern Gothic version of our planetâs rapidly increasing woes. Here comes Americaâs worst storm ever, yet nobody on this plethora of satellites whispers the obvious: âclimate change.â Itâs catastrophic. Itâs also surreal. A perfect placement for science fiction as political satire.
Watching the CNN coverage is surreal, he’s right.
They are covering it like a sports event – and inventing a psuedoscientific argot of catastophe as they go along: “wobble factor”, “cone of possibility” etc.
Update: AD calls out BS on his apparent glee.