September 07, 2005
Observer Links

Haven't had much to say lately. Mostly I've been compulsively following hurricane aftermath coverage (to the point where E. has had to call a moratorium on my CNN exposure this weekend). During the day I still break that rule, so here are a few links from the New York Observer:

After years of putting its tail between its legs, the media is feeling a little prouder of itself. With reason, I think. The Story of the Hurricane: After a Period of Self-Suppression, the Horrific Story Spurs the Press

But the folks at are really doing their jobs, and more: Newhouses Right Times-Picayune As It Bails Water

The story contains many startling statistics:
At the outset of the disaster, The Times-Picayune Web site,, posted missing-person accounts that told of nightmare conditions in a city adrift. As of Sept. 5, the Missing Persons Database contained 22,592 people and averaged close to 30 million viewers.

22,000? The mind reels. Here's hoping they're found.

On a lighter note, here are 10 tips for beating the end-of-summer blues.

These stories will eventually disappear behind a paid-access wall (the site doesn't spell out when this will happen), so get 'em while you can.

Posted at September 07, 2005 07:14 PM

A project to collect and organize the multiply sourced data of people wanting to find people is worth review. Their wiki page describing how to take part is available at

They've done 95000 records so far.

Posted by: Eric Sinclair on September 7, 2005 08:51 PM
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