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Everybody Loves Whales (Playaway Adult…

Everybody Loves Whales (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)

by Tom Rose

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Originally released in 1989 under the name "Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event" and then again under the name "Big Miracle" in 2011 as both paperback and movie version, it is the true-life story of the 1988 world-wide effort to free 3 trapped whales in Barrow, Alaska. The story is interesting on many levels (I was 23 in 1988 and do not remember the media coverage) primarily around the people and culture of Barrow, and the inner workings of the MSM circa the late 1980s. Unfortunately, the author cannot keep his personal political beliefs from the story line and his distain for environmentalists becomes increasingly evident as does his apparent love for big business and industry, primarily Big Oil. Nevertheless, the two extremes do make for interesting bedfellows. The illustration of the circus-like quality of a major media event is also quite illuminating. It certainly IS curious how the country can be swayed to give more care and consideration to three trapped whales (a not uncommon occurence) while seemingly ignoring the loss of human life on an exceedingly larger scale in other parts of the world simultaneously. I came away from the story wondering if I should rejoice or despair at the disparate sense of compassion in my fellow-human beings. ( )
  Danean | Mar 31, 2012 |
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