I applaud your comments.
...the media...don't get me started...did we already forget about the
The media claims that there is too much going on, so they only report to us
those stories that are important to us in detail.
Hmmm...money, ratings, money, hype, money, political agenda, money...I
wonder how they know what's important to me?
TV Turnoff Week / Media Carta Campaign. April 22 to 28, join millions of
people as they turn off the tube and tune in to a global campaign against
corporate control of our mental environment.
Sharon Robertson Bonds, PE
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San Diego, California 92101
From: Glen.Pappas(--nospam--at)dtra.mil [SMTP:Glen.Pappas(--nospam--at)dtra.mil]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 11:36 AM
Subject: RE: Seattle Earthquake
I believe a major factor which lead to AIA prez being on MSNBC was
happened to have an annual meeting of some kind scheduled for the
of the quake. I believe AIA prez said that quake occurred as he was
preparing to leave his office to go to this meeting. Not sure who
who for interview but, given MSNBC's likely knowledge gap on
between architects & SEs, AIA prez must have seemed like a great
I don't fault AIA prez for doing interview (however it was arranged,
although it would've been nice to hear him say something like,
should be consulted for detail/more detail on structural matters"),
fault MSNBC for their knowledge gap, & I don't expect SEs/SE
behave irresponsibly by doing things like chasing publicity during
I was merely 'jumping on the pile,' which began as follows:
"Keep dreaming. If anyone in the design industry gets any brownie
from the media because of low damage statistics it will be the
> Perhaps the excellent performance of most newer Washington state
> buildings will elevate the status of the SEAW and its members?
We've switched gears since these first few e-mails from
'semi-serious.' If we're going to get serious, let's identify the
propose some solutions.
I believe the problem is lack of smarts by the media. A feature of
'get well' plan would be SE leadership doing some education of the
in-between crises, perhaps even passively by, for example, inviting
the some of the many meetings, seminars, conferences, etc. that deal
'structural response to quakes.' That way the media would hopefully
on the fact that we're the ones that know 'why things fall down or
we should be the ones contacted after an event like a large quake.
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 1:51 PM
Subject: Seattle Earthquake
Perhaps part of the problem is that SE's are acting in far too
an upstanding a manner.
For instance, if we had a really big quake in California, I would
that most of the SEAOC leadership would immediately bury themselves
starting the phone tree, coordination post eartquake evaluation
participating on these teams, or rushing to client hospitals to work
evaluating damage and detailing fixes.
Perhaps the job description for the top brass at SEAOC should say
soon as a major earthquake happens, they are to spend all their time
phoning the media and scheduling interviews.
SEAOC is supposed to promote the profession right?
> Speaking of architects getting more than their fair share of
> media, I was perturbed by the fact that MSNBC had the president of
> the air last night during their coverage of the earthquake to
> 'structural' issues (e.g., structural performance of bldgs in the
> advances in bldg code to make structures more resistant to quakes,
> AIA Prez even had time to mention that AIA dispatches members to
> on quake recovery teams. As a matter of fact, I don't believe I
> "structural engineer" mentioned all night long on any of the
> channels I was flipping amongst. Talk about stealing our thunder!
> Glen Pappas, P.E.