I found Gerard’s essay on hurricanes especially interesting, having grown up in the North where the occurrence of hurricanes is not very common. Gerard helped the reader get a better sense of all the struggles and devastation associated with a hurricane. Most of it was the smaller details that go unnoticed by the public eye, particularly to the people who don’t experience the brunt of the devastation. For instance, he talks about plagues of insects, frogs and snakes that come after the storm. Additionally, it never crossed my mind that severe storms followed hurricanes and dropped even more rain at alarming rates of eight inches in three hours. It’s hard for me to relate to Gerard’s strife, as I have never actually experienced a hurricane of Fran’s degree. One line in the essay, however, drew my attention. Gerard states: “Fran has swept on up the coast, taking the Weather Channel and CNN with it.” I guess this line really stands out to be because news media is the only medium between us in the North and a major hurricane creeping up the coast. As I watch the devastation on television or read about it in the paper, all I can think about is where its going to hit next or if it will strike Long Island. I never stop to consider that each of these flooded and leveled towns are full of people just like Gerard and just like me. It’s almost foreign to me seeing it on the news, as if i’m just watching a movie. I think that seeing it through news media takes away some of the reality of the situation, at least for me. I think Gerard recognizes this too, which is why he subtly and almost spitefully jabs at the news media for exploiting his hardships for a popular story, and then moving up the coast as if it’s all over.
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