As others have already mentioned, this whole discussion went through its course a year ago in at least two different threads when it was in the news.
It has been out of the news ever since.
I remember I had a debate with someone, about how or if, the pilots could actually make a safe egress from this plane. I maintained that the stunt was never a serious proposition simply because the idiots at Fox never thought about the logistics of safely jumping out of an airliner without using a rear stairwell. More problematic, was how to make sure that, with no one left to fly the plane, the plane would indeed crash where they wanted it to. That was the real trick to this stunt. The FAA said no for a hundred good reasons. But that was surely the best reason of all.
As far as the rant about the media, well, this is not the media proposing this. It is a television network that got rich by selling just this kind of low-brow fare to the public who, it must be noted, consume it voraciously. And with the huge success of Survivor, we know just how much we love this garbage. They give us what we love. Then we hate them for it. We know its bad and we feel guilty for watching it. So then we scold them for bringing it to us.
There is hardly a person here who can honestly say that they have not watched Fox's programs about car chases, shoot-outs, dumbass criminals, cheating employees, hurricanes, tornadoes, explosive demolitions, floods, mud slides, or unscheduled plane crashes. (actually TLC is worse.) And as much as we all say that crashing a plane for the purpose of entertainment is unconscientiable, there is also hardly a person here who wouldn't watch it if it came to that. No matter what they say.
Am I opposed to the crashing of a plane for the commercial gain of selling smut to a voyeuristic public? Yes. But would I watch it if they did it?
No. I don't have cable.
A presume a plane crash is similar to a train wreck. And we all know what they say about train wrecks.
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