Hurricane Sandy is a very human event and humans are inventing ways to better represent the experience of living through a storm. Mobile Photo Group has released a live curated feed of the #hurricanesandy Instagram tag, as well as plotted together images of the storm’s damage. Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing writes about this and it’s very similar to the #HurricaneHackers informative docs complied as the hurricane rolled into the Eastern seaboard.
TIME magazine’s photogs have also solicited a bulk of images from the storm showing the devastation and strange fury framed by the camera. Some of the photographs taken through the night are particularly spectacular in their depiction of the human impact.
Image hosting services such as Instagram and Flickr (see a #hurricanesandy search here) provide a platform for people in the wake of the storm to display its effects on them to the public in general. Images of flooded streets, blackouts, fallen trees, and property damage abound. As well as wet people standing in amidst the urban wreckage—soon we may expect to see more images to show not just the human impact, but the human response as the coast is reclaimed.
For those looking for video on the subject, The Weather Channel has been running live coverage (all day and all night) of Hurricane Sandy on YouTube. Right now, over 41 thousand people are watching the radar image of the storm rotate slowly over Washington DC as images from the ongoing storm flip through ongoing coverage.
It’s going to be a very wet Halloween for the East coast, and the whole world is watching. In a way, the involvement of all these social technologies means that news organizations and citizens alike will have access to a great deal more information, video, and images means to change the way we view disasters as a culture.