Mind the Blog

Maitri has a wonderful post up in preparation for the Rising Tide conference next week. I especially like this remark:

New Orleans is not my domain, anyone on this planet can write about it, but I would encourage those who know it the most and can offer original perspective and news that really helps, whether it makes them money or not.

In the revisions I’ve been making to the still-not-done trauma theory lit review, I’ve been trying to articulate the connection I am making between bloggers and trauma victims. I think I’m trying to say that those who went online and wrote are better off mentally for doing so. When evacuated and in a place not home, what else was there to do but go online and look for information that made more sense than the television coverage? Now, when rebuilding and frustrated as hell with insurance companies, what better than to tell those stories so the world-wide audience can realize that things aren’t back to normal in NOLA even though we still celebrated Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest? It may sound like a far-fetched connection, but the mind and body are linked and we need to release that frustration every now and then.

Memory-making and opinion-sharing via blogging sounds like the way to do it.

P.S. In a completely unrelated note, sort of, here a Rocketboom post that discusses a fictional blog and the stir it caused across the country.

These things have power, people!!!!

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