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Base Camp Chico, Day 3

Angry at the news.

sunny 24 °C

So, this Abby Sunderland business is all over the news. She's a 16 year old girl who was trying to become the youngest person to sail around the world, solo, until a storm broke the mast of her boat in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately she was okay and has been rescued by the Australian government.

What strikes me as odd is all the _negative_ press surrounding her story.

According to CNN and my local newspaper, people on the internet have been criticizing her parents for allowing her to sail away on her own. Now, if you know me, you know this sentiment raises my ire for two reasons.

First, it's symptomatic of the rapidly degrading integrity of TV news networks (i.e. turning to the internet for sources). It seems to me as if CNN, having discovered that they get their best ratings when they're telling people what they _want_ to hear, has upped the stakes by blatantly _asking viewers what they want to hear,_ then _telling the viewers what the viewers said they wanted to hear._ Alternatively, CNN is being informed by the audience, not informing the audience. That wouldn't bother me if people got their news from sources other than television, but most don't.

Second, why are these people on the Internet such authorities on parenting? 16-year-olds can be a lot more responsible than our society treats them (they can drive cars after all). Instead of saying Abby Sunderland's parents are irresponsible for letting her _live her dream,_ shouldn't we be _impressed_ that they raised a daughter who sailed halfway around the world on her own? What can your 16-year-old do?

I even saw some Australian guy say people were upset that Australian taxpayers would have to pay for her rescue. I don't mean to pass judgment, but that sounds like the douchiest thing I've heard in a long long while.

On a lighter note, this evening turned out better than I expected, I got to spend a few hours chilling with some old friends, so that was cool.

Posted by Tony China 21:53 Archived in USA

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