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Demolishing the "Over-hyped" Argument    
Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 12:37 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: MartinLangeveld

MediaAs soon as they finished hyping Irene for a solid week, some of our national media friends flipped into suggesting that perhaps the storm had been "over-hyped".

Charles Apples at the American Copy Editors Society site neatly demolishes that view with a collection of visuals, including the downtown Brattleboro pic (taken by the Reformer's Chris Bertleson) that ran on page one of the Burlington Free Press. Apple: "Here are two young ladies in Brattleboro, Vt., watching hype swallow their entire town."

Well, "entire town" is in fact a little overblown, but his point is right on.


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    Demolishing the "Over-hyped" Argument
    Authored by: Mr. Buddy Love on Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 01:14 AM GMT+4

    Miss Mean Irene Headed Straight for Brattleboro?
    Thursday, August 25 2011 @ 01:19 PM GMT+4
    Contributed by: Mr. Buddy Love
    Looking at the latest tracker info, it looks like Hurricane
    Irene could cause major flooding and damage to trees in
    town. There might be power outages as well. Whatever
    you do, stay away from flooded roads. And get yourself
    down to Brown & Roberts for batteries and flashlights if
    you don't already have them. This storm looks pretty bad!


    This was my first post of alarm about what i saw headed
    for Brattleboro. Being the bearer of bad news has its price.
    Demolishing the "Over-hyped" Argument
    Authored by: MartinLangeveld on Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 12:00 PM GMT+4
    Of interest:
    More on this topic <a
    media-overhype-irene-ii/">in a blog post by Dan
    Kennedy</a>, Northeastern journalism prof., mentioning this
    post, and embedding a 5:45 live video.
    Demolishing the "Over-hyped" Argument
    Authored by: MartinLangeveld on Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 12:01 PM GMT+4
    Note to Chris Grotke: hoping that iBrat2.0 will allow
    hyperlinks in comments...
    Demolishing the "Over-hyped" Argument
    Authored by: babalu on Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 01:20 PM GMT+4
    There was a scolding somewhere that "no one could
    predict what would happen" - a comment I find
    absurd when for days, the map of Irene's path put
    her squarely over Brattleboro (all of Vermont) and
    the repeated concerns that inland death and injury
    came from floods and power outages rather than

    I didn't rush out to buy batteries or anything else,
    but assumed there'd be at least a power outage and
    a degree of high water, knowing that much of West
    B. sits in a flood-way and that in the past, with spring
    rains and snow melt, there have been evacuations in
    this area. This was a hurricane at worst, a tropical
    storm at best.

    I'm not sure how my neighbors are who live in the
    lower lying areas; I'm hoping to find out over the
    next couple of days.

    The phone system and message from Sondag was
    music to my ears and I think arrived in time to give
    some people a head start in making or changing
    original plans. So glad we have it and that I signed
    up to receive the call.