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NEW MEDIA AND NATURAL DISASTERS

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This article examines the role of blogs during the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Using a blog created by South Asian journalists as a case study, the article argues that new media has the potential to be a democratizing agent in lesser developed countries. The article argues that some tsunami-related blogs give regional, subaltern journalists a medium to transcend exploitative accounts of the tsunami's aftermath. The article is also able to use tsunami-related blogs to help highlight questions surrounding new media and disaster reporting in lesser developed countries in general, including discussions of the digital divide.
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Keywords: blogs; digital divides; journalism; media representations; natural disasters; new media

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College, 7000 College Station Brunswick, ME, 04011, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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