Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Public Wall

One of the enduring images in the aftermath of 9/11 was the pictures of the missing posted on walls around New York City. It's such a powerful image that fictional shows like Battlestar Gallactica have picked it up to set a context for the amount of suffering endured by the characters.

But New Orleans is so devastated that there is no wall, no communal place to post images of the missing. That's where the blogosphere and the Internet come in. I came across this site that shows pictures of loved ones that are currently among the missing. This is an offshoot of the Katrina Aftermath blog that is inviting people to post their stories by using email and voice.

Also, the NOLA Web site that is a primary source for local information is letting people post their survival stories.

While TV is great at communicating the devastation, the Internet excels at bringing people together.

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