The Ghosts of Hurricanes Past

From Video channel editor Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg (Greatest. Name. Ever.), here's a quick lesson on how the media covered hurricanes, and natural disasters, throughout the 20th century. What really strikes me is how you can see the roots of such modern media phenomena as "The Summer Of The Shark."

The fact is that there simply isn't enough "news"  (or what we Americans consider news) to fill 24 hours. I don't even know if there's enough to fill eight. But you need the same kind of drama that the news brought when it was just newsreels, or else no one will watch. It's shocking how little is actually happening within the frame of what we call news. I think roughly eight or nine things have "happened" in the presidential election all year.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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