Segrest, Mab
January 2005
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources;Winter/Spring2005, Vol. 26 Issue 2/3, preceding p1
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's opinion on blogging and the response to Katrina disasters in the U.S. Blogging is hottest trend on the Internet has shown some of its true value and versatility in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. From the live postings of some New Orleanean citizens from their homes even as the storm hit, to personal blogs converted to disaster-information clearinghouses, to the Katrina Blog on the website of French-Quarter-based station WWL-TV, to insightful, non-mainstream commentary on some of the very feminist weblogs Vicki has reviewed, the blogosphere has provided alternatives to Cable News Network and so much more. The author spent exhausting hours watching social disaster unfold on top of natural disaster on the Gulf Coast. This is a disaster the proportions of which most people--and most evidently the people in charge--have not yet understood. The slowness of response in the South comes not only because of the unprecedented level of catastrophe but because of the psychic distance of the Delta and the Gulf Coast from other parts of America and because so many of its victims had already been written off anyway.


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