Chilean Mine Collapse
Desperate families of the 33 miners lay waiting in makeshift tents at the entrance of a Chilean mine that recently had collapsed and cut off communication with their loved ones. The miners were trapped beneath almost 700,000 tons of rock. Despite the prior closure of the mining site production continued with no consideration for human lives. Not knowing whether the 33 miners were dead or alive the government still assembled a team from one of the world’s largest copper producers to find a way to rescue those trapped so far below the surface (Yang, 2010).
This story was an extraordinary one. One filled with heroism, drama, and pathos. The government received much glory and recognition for the efforts put forth for such a rescue. Working diligently to save the miners took the spotlight away from the fact that the mine had been closed previously for safety issues but was allowed to reopen. Eight other miners had already lost their lives inside the mine over the previous 12 years. However, the president of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, stated a thorough investigation into the disaster (Weik. 2010).
The around the clock coverage of the rescue created many emotional feelings all over the world. The photos of the families at the site pulled on the heart strings of anyone who was human. The reporters used pathos to pull his or her audience into the story and with any luck encouraged him or her to “stay tuned” to the stations ensuring improved ratings for some. As stated each reporter used emotion to pull in their audience and did so by appealing to the basic emotional needs of a typical human being. Touching on the familial aspect of the dramatic circumstances was a brilliant way to keep the audience’s attention and kept them wanting more. This, however, was not what was best for the families of the miners.
Other than the miners trapped the families were suffering the most. The government and reporters should have used ethos in the communication of...