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Hurricane Hayan and How Content Makes the World A Smaller Place

Posted on November 14, 2013
Storms like Hayan bring more than news to our screens they connect our lives

Storms like Hayan bring more than news to our screens they connect our lives


The 24-hour news media is always hungry for news, or as I see it, content. Back in the days before instant connectivity (yes, it did exist even in my lifetime) small town stories never made national headlines.  The news about a storm such as Hayan or any of the tragic disasters that the planet has served up over the past few years, would have taken days if not weeks to reach the most remote corners of the world. And while I’m bothered by the attention small town stories are often given if they are not my small town, I am grateful for the connectivity when it comes to global events.

Hayan makes the world a smaller place. Reports coming in from this super storm are hard to grasp especially when you consider the size and economy of the Philippines. People are truly lost, both physically and emotionally as help is slow to arrive. It’s unfair that the news content is instant but the rescue efforts take days if not longer. But just as content can be the cause of the source of depression, it can also connect us in more positive ways.

For instance, what are people doing to help? I recently read a story on NPR about Phillipno expats working together to raise money in their community. In the crush of images of homes turned to sticks, and naked children clinging to their parents, this type of story gave me a sense of hope. The flood of content was able to mobilize a community into action. That’s powerful – almost as powerful as the storm.

If you are seeking more content on the storm and a way to act, visit Doctors Without Borders – one my favorite charities.

November 14, 2013 – Sharon Ritchey

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