In 2010 a 7.0 earthquake struck 25 miles west of Port-au-Prince Haiti. Just after 48 hours $8 million was raised by the Red Cross because of social media such as twitter and facebook. The Red Cross eventually raised about half a billion dollars for the building of permanent homes. When it was all said and done only 6 were built. There were several key factors that caused Red Cross to drastically underperform but that is for another post. I want to talk about the use of social media during natural and manmade disasters, and specifically what social media gets right and what it gets wrong.
In September of 2011 the Occupy Wall Street Movement was a divisive development in American culture. I remember watching news anchors and their guests hotly debate the relevance of the protests, while being comfortably disengaged from the whole argument myself. I would check up on facebook (back when when i still had one) and observe friends, and acquaintances dribble out meaningless slacktivism.
For me the protest was a good thing, it brought to light the social injustice and demanded reform of the U.S.’s financial sectors, but i was not inclined to go out and protest nor engage in meaningless social media rants on the topic. I honestly could not care either way, I had my own life to run and worry about.
On the 5th of August I moved into my parents old house, after taking it over from the previous tenants. To say the least the whole inside of the house and outside needs some work. After getting the drip irrigation programmer all setup I went out to double check that it was working correctly. Continue reading