Dec
2005

New Orleans, we have a disconnect

After writing a paper on the rhetoric of truth in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in which I compared the responses/emails of FEMA’s former director, Michael Brown, to the blog posts written by New Orleanians over at Metroblogging, the sources keep a’coming.

Here is an article detailing the reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s first broadcast back on the NOLA airwaves, which prompted the following response from Diane Newman, the WWL operations manager and program director:

“I will do my damnedest to get Rush Limbaugh to broadcast from here, to drive through Lakeview, through Gentilly, drive through Mid-City, drive through New Orleans East, drive through St. Bernard, drive through the 9th Ward,” she said. “I believe that Rush — as I believe about anybody on a big stage, like Rush, like Oprah, like Al Franken, like Bill O’Reilly, like Bill Maher — I think they all owe it to their audience in New Orleans and the Gulf South and really to America to come and see it and feel it.”

Also of relevance are Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s papers, which “include notes of conference calls, e-mails among members of Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s administration and state police reports on the deteriorating situation in New Orleans and its surrounding parishes,” and were sent to congressional committees.

I find it interesting that both sources used the word “disconnect” in their headlines: “‘There was a disconnect’: WWL radio invites Rush Limbaugh to New Orleans so he’ll know what he’s talking about” and “Blanco papers recount Katrina response: Documents sent to Congress show state-federal disconnect.”

These days, is anyone connected? I can name a few folks in the White House and at Halliburton, but other than that, I don’t think so.

What is it going to take to make the government aim for connectivity, especially in times of crisis? I cannot get over how lucky my parents are in comparison to everyone else I know whose entire life has been uprooted. So many people we know have moved to Baton Rouge or Lafayette, and if they haven’t, they’re staying with friends in the suburbs STILL waiting for the power to come back on in their Uptown neighborhood so they can begin renovations, etc. It’s unbelievably ridiculous that power can go on some places and not others…it’s been 3 months!

Go here for a lighter take on the power problem, just in time for the holidays!

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One thought on “New Orleans, we have a disconnect

  1. The notion of “disconnect”” is particulary alarming since we are among the most “connected” people in the history of the world, right? Just this response to your blog is an example of the ability to connect.

    Saw a chilling photograph from Iran: a man being “examined” by American troops while his wife and children squat on what appears to be a dirt floor, watching the events unfold in front of them.

    And the television is on.

    Even THEY have electricity. . . .

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