We were watching the SuperBowl on Sunday and when the power went out at the Superdome. For the next 34 minutes the sportscasters talked about the game, the players, with occasional references to the power, mostly just to note that they'd been told it would be back on in so many minutes.
But I realized I was far more interested in knowing things like... Why did the power go out? and How many people where in the stadium? and How much power does it take to run the SuperBowl, it's bigger than many cities. Or maybe How many engineers and technicians are working on the problem? What kind of lights are they that need so long to turn back on? Was it a substation that blew?
We commented that they really needed an engineer to be on the set with the sportscasters so they could discuss all of these details. Bring in the specialists who could discuss the theories behind the issue. Where were the diagrams and graphics to help us understand?
But I guess us engineers just have to take a back seat and read about it online the next day (which I did).