The Chilean Rescue: Three Reflections

The London Times

The safety record of Chile’s mines is poor. In 2009 alone, there were 191,685 workplace accidents in Chile and 443 deaths. President Piñera has already fired the top officials in the mining regulator and has promised an independent inquiry. It is quite possible that, in its search for exports, Chile’s safety standards have been compromised.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The media world is sinking into a swamp of subjectivism and speculation. Without doubt we can rejoice about the wonders of technology and this day of liberation. But the discrepancy between the value of the information and the technical and logistical trouble the media companies have gone to to obtain it is grotesque. These resources are then lacking when the matter at hand is less spectacular but nevertheless important.

Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon

After 69 days trapped underground in a confined space with no sunlight, limited resources and no new episodes of Mad Men, the men whose astonishing story of survival and solidarity captivated the world emerged Wednesday to face a rapturous public, pissed-off wives and a press hungry for a new and sexy angle to cover. By evening, the whole triumph of the human spirit thing had taken a backseat to minerfreude, as outlets like the New York Post were reporting on the “two-timing miner Yonni Barrios,” who was greeted outside the mine not by his wife of 28 years but by his joyous mistress. And when the Daily Mail reported that Barrios’s wife “reportedly almost came to blows”…the Daily News inevitably spun the story out as a tale of “cat fighting.” Suddenly, we’re in a scene where Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are pulling each other’s hair. And keep rubbing your palms in glee, media spectators, because Chilean miners apparently get more booty than a whole crew of Somali pirates….

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