Thursday, September 11, 2008

Whenever I try to think of what to write I fall short and can't come up with anything. Then, low and behold, tonight in the middle of studying for Animal Behavior I thought of the most obvious PR and social media topic, 9/11 (since today is the anniversary). Since that time, I looked up the amount of blogs created about 9/11 and believe me that options are limitless. I also found an article talking about 9/11 as the "birth of the blog." Although this article may be a bit outdated, it has some truth to it. Writer, Robert Andrews describes about how people all over the world shared their thoughts, feelings and perhaps firsthand accounts of this tragedy on blogs. In terms of social media, the world was sharing news every minute, during this day 7 years ago. The article also talks about how different bloggers kept a rolling news service with links to latest news and even video news channels. Dan Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media, said "This collective tragedy demanded a forum to be shared by people all around the world who wanted to talk about what happened with anyone because it was the only way of making any sense of it."

In addition to this article, several other blogs exist. In fact, there is a 9/11 blog , which gives all the latest updates on the anniversary, events and more. After reading over a few more blogs relating to 9/11, it seems as though this tragedy was a huge advance for social media. Not only were blogs more popular than ever, but texting, podcasts and so forth were all being produced by the minute during this event. Although we must remember this day for what it is and never forget....keep in mind 9/11 was a social media boom!


Professor Alisa Agozzino said...

great point amber...remind me to show everyone how to make the links active

Tegan said...

I do have to say as sad and horrible as the events of 9/11 were they did spark something in the media world. A new passion to get news out, a pride in producing and an honor in getting the facts straight. The social media erupted and latched on to people like never before. There is no way to overlook or forget this monumental occasion, simple look around's everywhere!