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- Subject: RE: Entire Engineering Community Freaking Out?
- From: FredT5 <FredT5(--nospam--at)aol.com>
- Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 13:37:51 EST
Dennis - The prevailing axiom has been that even inaccurately or misleadingly reported news - even bad news - is better that no news at all. Most people don't absorb the details, they just recall the general drift of an article or an issue. Second, the credibility of news reporting is already so suspect that it no longer merits minor corrections or clarifications. Only the most glaring errors are worth attempting to correct the record. Kariotis was quoted: "We work in what we call a 'fuzzy' environment. We don't know anything very well"...Kariotis said warnings of the Big One are overblown. "Ask how many dollars you should invest to get maximum benefit, and don't try to chase this thing to zero damage." I think Kariotis' quotes are right on target. Why would he want to change them? Likewise there was nothing major incorrect with my quotes or Martha's quote about engineers freaking out. The curious thing is that they were probably all taken out of context, strung together in an artificial manner, and hence made sensational. Most people can read through the haze. The main point is that the LA Times editorial staff later concluded that the City Council needs to be do something about high-occupancy, collapse risk buildings. In that sense, isn't the sensationalism a non-issue? Fred Turner Staff Structural Engineer Ca. Seismic Safety Commission 1900 K St. #100 Sacramento, CA 95814 916-327-1606 916-322-9476 Fax FredT5(--nospam--at)aol.com
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