New Media and Natural Disasters: Blogs and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Murthy, Dhiraj. 2011. New Media and Natural Disasters: Blogs and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Information, Communication & Society, 16(7), pp. 1176-1192. ISSN 1369-118X [Article]

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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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blogs, digital divides, journalism, media representations, natural disasters, new media

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September 2011["eprint_fieldopt_dates_date_type_shown" not defined]

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29 Oct 2013 22:33

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18 Jun 2014 10:06

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