"Have they found it yet?" It's something of an inside joke I share with my Mom every lunch-time. I've lost count, but it's been more than 40 days; more than a month. Nobody thought that from counting the hours to days to weeks, we would now be counting months to just finding a clue. And what used to be the main news story of every major news network, has now been merely reduced to an update on nothingness. Not much different from Day 1. Satellite images, ocean trash, ping signals, dozens of high-tech assets, millions of dollars spent - zero wreckage, dashed hopes. I was following the headlines ad nauseum, so much so that I had learnt them by heart by the end of the day. "Breaking News" wasn't breaking at all. I must admit, it's been quite amusing seeing these news stations battling for ratings; not just the foreign media, but the local ones too. Images, graphics, animations, holograms. If they had them, they rolled them out, no holds barred. Jon Stewart was spot on.
When real updates of the search were becoming scarce, Oscar Pistorious' trial stole the limelight. I was a huge fan in the 2012 Olympics. Fascinated, more like. Up until Valentine's Day 2013. I'm fascinated still, but for different reasons. Besides, how could anyone tear away from watching Gerrie Nel go straight for the jugular? He was the real star of this courtroom drama. We'll have another couple of weeks until we see how it unfolds.
With that trial taking a break and hardly any news on MH370, it's business as usual on the news front.
The tragic South Korean ferry crash has taken over the headlines over the past week. More lives lost. More sadness.
Amidst other world news, stories of tragedy are becoming increasingly depressing to watch.
As much as it helps to move on, it hurts too. In time, hopefully, the friends and families who have lost, will be able to come to terms with what's happened, even if nobody can make any sense of it.