What effect will Hurricane Katrina have on blogging?
September 03, 2005
I believe blogs are going to become even more important as a way for ordinary citizens to describe their experiences and opinions to a wider audience as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Newspaper reports and access to local television is an important way for people outside of the areas affected by the disaster to learn what is happening. But blogs and bulletin boards give a real window into the minds and hearts of the people directly affected by Katrina. It takes time and server space to hear all of the stories from people on the ground and through blogging the outside world get to learn everything, that’s just one difference blogs provide to the reader. For the writer, you get to explore your ideas, thoughts and even feelings online gradually over time. Katrina will propel blogging even more as a device for sharing experiences and social networking.