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Selecting and Editing Hurricane Irene Info Flow | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Selecting and Editing Hurricane Irene Info Flow

Home HQ

7.30pm

Having had a day to consider how I consumed information about Hurricane Irene, what became clear is that most of the information relayed to viewers on TV was available without the dramatics online. Looking back Twitter did help considerably in terms of finding sources of where to look online and provided valuable information such as weather alerts around NYC about the possibility of tornadoes and displayed videos & photos first hand. When press conferences were live on TV, those same feeds were typically streamed online and the main points repeated via Twitter. Live satellite imagery was readily available online as well between apps and sites. While thankfully the power stayed on, if it had gone off the possibility of staying informed was potentially available via my iPad (as long as 3G stayed up). I could have listened to the radio while checking up again with apps and Twitter. While there’s debate about the role of media hype during the hurricane from TV newscasters, I think the more interesting thing to note is that if a person was moderately connected online they really didn’t need TV. The difference was that one medium’s content was pretty raw and open to interpretation while the other was based on drama to pass along information.

Below are a couple of sequenced time shots from my apartment durring the hurricane…

7.30pm
North 7.30pm

10pm
North 10pm

9am
North 9am

7.30pm
East 7.30pm

10pm
East 10pm

9am
East 9am

Hudson River after the Hurricane
The Hudson looks pretty much the same as a week ago

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