Please read this article. With the exception of those living very near the nuclear reactors, the only people in a panic about radition poisoning are Americans and Europeans. Americans especially tend to gravitate toward extremes, which I think stems from our desire to be fair and balanced. We think it’s important to see both sides of a story, but in the media that usually pans out as describing two polar opposite viewpoints, neglecting a rational middle ground. The headlines are chosen according to the most attention-grabbing part of a situation, rather than the most true to life aspects. On Tuesday night, one American newssite’s headline read “Panic spreads as radition fears grip Japan” follwed by the subtitle “Reactor stabilized, danger of radiation low”. Do you see how those are opposites and present a distorted view of the actual situation? Of couse, Japanese society tends toward self-regulation, which is for the better in this case. Do you think Americans would be so organized and voice so few complaints in the same situation?