Don't panic just yet -- these BuzzFeed New York Hurricane Irene photographs are simply screenshots from various films that have the Big Apple under water. Appropriately captioned "20 Photos Of What New York City Is Going To Look Like On Sunday," the photos are a humorous play on the widespread panic surround the potential natural disaster which has been the topic of mass media frenzy as of late. With one of the many films that inspired these photos being "The Day After Tomorrow," one can see how these photos are intended to make light of the publically held fear and concern surrounding Irene.
Implications - The media is often scrutinized for exercising bias and capitalizing on widespread fear to cater to personal agendas. Current events such as natural disasters, mass crimes and international conflict are often exaggerated to stretch the communal sense of fear and togetherness.