Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The rescue of the miners in Chile is underway and the media circus is reaching a frenzy. It will continue for days more as the story of the trapped miners is told and retold from the captives' perspectives. The Chilean government has done what it can to protect the miners from the glare of publicity but it is unlikely that it has -- or can -- do enough. Some of the men will be destroyed by the publicity. Some will get on with their lives. It is a sad fact that media attention bends one's self-recognition. It is hard to maintain a balance, especially if one isn't used to people asking repeatedly for one's story. The miners need personal shields from the media until they can find their ways in life again. They probably won't get them.