Progressive Blogosphere 2.0: How would PB 2.0 have covered Hurricane Ike?
[UPDATE I'm leaving this sticky in the hopes that people will leave more Hurricane Ike-related local material here. I mean, we have to learn that 2 million were without power in OH through a sportwriter's column? How weird is that? And in TX, Can you go home? on the front page. So, if you have friends who were affected by Ike, or friends of friends, to six degrees of separation, try to use your network to find out what happened and what's happening, and post results, and also linky goodness, here. Thanks! --lambert P.S. The other thing that would be nice is a link to somebody doing systematic before and after, perhaps via NOAA satellite data versus Google earth -- inland, as well as the coast.]
Maybe I don't follow the news closely enough, but only email from dogemperor and some commenters alerted me to my complete ignorance of the effects of Hurricane Ike.
Last thing I remember, Ike hadn't hit NOLA, and was heading off in the general direction of Crawford, TX (a consummation devoutly to be wished). And the next thing I knew, millions were out of power as far north as Cincinnati, OH, and the Houston Chronicle is running ads from Dillard's saying "Yes! We're open!"
And checking around the progs on the A list, I see that my complete ignorance is either shared -- or they don't think the story is important enough to write about. Palin Palin Spain Palin Spain Palin Spalin Spainlin Painslin PaisleyLinPiaoPaysMeJayZ... Anyhow.
"Millions without power" (great metaphor). Now, I'd expect our famously free press to ignore a story like that -- and, granted, this has been a very exciting week -- but clearly behavior like that is neither liberal nor progressive. Quelle surprise.
When we bootstrap PB 2.0, is there reason to think we could do better? Both in covering the story and for the American people? I would say yes, and for several reasons:
1. The principle ofMR SUBLIMINAL Sorry, VastLeftparty invariance (hat tip, gqmartinez. At a minimum, party invariance clears the PainsLin static away*, so we don't have to spend energy on it.
2. Focus on local stories. On the economy, I believe local data from trusted sources a lot more than cooked books from the Village (and now I can't remember the source of a great article on this; thought it was Scott Horton in Harpers, but no). And in the same way, I trust local sources on events like Hurricane Ike a lot more than our famously free press.
3. Aggregate the local stories and redistribute. Obviously, RSS and blogrolls are one way to do that, but the technical solution I've been advocating, widgets, would permit much, much greater linky goodness, and more interesting content.
4. Money? Maybe we need microloans for natural disasters (though what's natural about them?)
Anyhow, those are my quick thoughts. What are yours? If you were going to write a PB 2.0 post on Hurricane Ike, what would you do? And how would you manage the comments?
NOTE * Not that McCain's choice for VP isn't important. It's just PB 1.0's initial attack -- the 17-year-old, the sedated baby -- poisoned the well for me, and a huge percentage of our time has been spent sorting out truth from lies, made harder by the tendentiousness of the A list, the ubiquity of oppo, and the Rashomon-like nature of local politics, where so much of the grist for this particular mill comes from. Hopefully, the Dominionist angle will provide a clearer vista.
These images and links were compiled from 9-13-2008 to 9-17-2008 following the devastation of Hurricane Ike.
With little being reported about the Bolivar Peninsula on the mainstream news, everyone turned to the internet in the search for their homes and loved ones.
Interestingly, they're using NOAA imagery and Google earth, so on the bleeding edge, there's a virtual flyover already available. The issue is annotating and propagating the images....