The Tohoku Earthquake didn't affect me physically, but it changed the way I perceive mass media forever.
Big contrast: While the foreign media are obsessed with Apocalypses, the Japanese people are already talking of rebuilding.
The news was becoming less objective and more sensationalistic. I started to rely more on Facebook and Twitter than any media source. The foreign press sickened me. They were playing up stories of fleeing foreigners that drew attention away from the suffering in Fukushima and further north.
What will tabloid editors do when the Apocalypse doesn't arrive? Each day they conjure new horrors to visit upon Japan and television pundits evoke historic disasters. But each day we can see Japan moving resolutely forward, and so they lose traction. At least for Japan, the apocalypse is definitely not in sight.