There… I think the title about covers it. If not that following was a comment I made on a friends blog that I thought was so good that everyone should see it:
Disease is like the latest fad, everyone wants to cling onto the latest one.
If anyone took these things seriously the world might be more screwed up than it already is.
This is how the conversation went:
Jim: “Hey Sally there is no good news today, no one important is dying or anything like that.”
Sally: “Well we have had this ‘Swine Flu’ story on the back burner for months, we could use that.”
Jim: “Oh yeah, people cling onto that shit like umm… shit… on the ground.”
Sally: “Go home Jim, you look tired.”
Jim: “Yeah… you’re right, I think I might have the Swine Flu.”
Sally (thinking): “Well that was fast.”
And then Jim shoots Sally.
I really do think that is how this went… more or less. One news network decided that it would be a really good idea to post this story and then every other one decided it would be an even better idea to get in on this pork flavored pie.