Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wildfires Rage Out West

What do the words mean, Wildfires Rage Out West? Groping for the connotations of each word, I get a sense of violence in a lawless frontier, and of man at war with nature. A sense based on many thousands of years of human experience, and now, suddenly--more than obsolete; a threat to survival.

Wildfires Rage Out West is Fox News' top choice of words and picture, at a moment when network news mostly headlined the apparent deaths of 17 US servicemen in Afghanistan.

Maybe the difference is not so great. The fires of nature, and of war, destroy.

But men choose the wars. And consumers of Fox News may need the padding of a little symbolism.