Nashville: The New Atlantis?
I have lived in Nashville, pills Tennessee for most of my life and while it’s not my favorite place in the world, discount it is most certainly my home. This weekend, there the city of Nashville fell victim to some real “Wrath Of God” type stuff. The whole effin’ city flooded. And not just a little flooding either. Nope. The Cumberland river at Riverfront Park was up 50 FEET. All of 1st Avenue was submerged. I had a river running down my driveway (taking every bit of the gravel with it) and a lake where my front yard once was. It almost seemed like it wasn’t going to stop. For me, luckily, the waters stopped rising before making it inside my home. Not everyone in town was so lucky.
It’s surreal to see all this stuff as it’s happening, to receive phone calls from friends describing the utter devastation going on all around them and turning on the TV to find… NOTHING. Aside from local news outlets doing what they can to keep everyone locally informed, there was absolutely nothing on TV about it at all. There was simply NO national coverage. Unless you lived here there was no way for anyone to know. I scoured the computernet looking for any mention of what was happening and all I found was news about the oil spill, the NY car bombing failure and some stupid teenage schmuck getting shot by a taser at a baseball game. I can understand the oil spill and the car bombing attempt taking up a good part of the news cycle, but the taser schmuck? I don’t see how that is somehow more newsworthy than a metropolitan city sinking in a flood.
Keith Olberman finally said something as did John Stewart. Is that not something we should worry about? Listen, I love both Stewart and Olberman and have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for what they do but I think it’s a little messed up that the “court jesters” of the news are the first ones to draw national attention to a natural disaster. CNN, you’ve failed us. You guys really dropped the ball on this one.
I’m not mad, I’m just really disappointed.
Here‘s another Nashvillian’s take on the situation that I feel is worth reading.
…and a couple of videos.