Sometimes I think that the mainstream media is actively working to establish a cult of victimhood for their readers/viewers/listeners. For example, the October 2010 issue of Popular Mechanics has a cover story about How To Avoid Being A Victim of A Natural Disasters. The article explained what Earthquakes, Floods, Tornadoes and Hurricanes can do but then provided next to no guidance as to how to start taking personal responsibility for your, and your family's immediate needs. The only item of consequence was that if you need safe water, you should strain the water and then boil it for one minute, or you could treat the water by adding one tablespoon of bleach to ten gallons of water. So, from my perspective, the article ratchets up the sense of anxiety about said natural disasters but does precious little to guide people to a path of self reliance. Mainstream media has the ability to do some real good but it chooses to do very little that is meaningful.