While we’re on the subject of media...
I noticed the following headline in one of the serious British newspapers:
Euro bail-out in doubt as “hysteria” hits Germany. (their quotes)
I understand a different definition for that word than what I observe on the street, read in newspapers, or see on television news broadcasts. Hysteria is what happens when Godzilla stomps through Tokyo or when awe at seeing a plane crash into the World Trade Center turns to panic, when the building collapses and people run for their lives in a cloud of debris. Mild disagreement—even heated debate—among politicians and political parties is rather normal behavior and business-as-usual. I become concerned only when all agree.
I wonder what words will be used when true calamity hits, since all the juicy ones have been enfeebled.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.