Tweets in the Ruins

In the wake of the earthquake, USA Today reports, Chileans have been turning to decentralized, user-driven new media:

Chile's population at 16.7 million is less than the New York metropolitan area, but the Pacific Coast nation ranks fourth worldwide in terms of social-networking penetration among its home and work Internet audience, according to comScore, a market research company specialized in online audiences.

Since Saturday's quake, traditional media here have focused on hard news -- death tolls, rescue efforts, government announcements and images of lootings -- while social-networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and some Google applications have been at the forefront of transmitting highly localized information.

Top message topics are about finding families and friends, food and water, ways to get transportation.

For some specific examples, read the whole story. For more on the ways people use new media after a disaster, read Reason's interview with sociologist Jeannette Sutton.

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  • Tman||

    I suppose Reason will be all over this article at some point today, but Brett Stephens wrote in the WSJ about how Milton Friedman and the Chicago Economists "gave Chileans the intellectual wherewithal first to survive the quake, and now to build their lives anew."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....65414.html

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Naomi.

  • Mango Punch||

    Oops, didn't read your post and put mine up, sorry for the repeat.

  • Tman||

    Great minds, etc.etc..

  • Mango Punch||

    There's a good WSJ article on Friedman saving Chile. Link to follow.

  • Mango Punch||

    Bret Stephens WSJ opinion piece: How Milton Friedman Saved Chile

  • ||

    I totally mean to threadjack, but

    What about my f---ing guns?

    Is it looking good, comrades?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/na.....3015.story

  • Colonel_Angus||

    My Twitter is penetrating your Chile.

  • Old Mexican||

    "Chile" in Latin American countries is also used as a reference to the male reproductory organ. So what you're saying makes little sense to me . . .

  • Colonel_Angus||

    It shouldn't make sense.

  • ||

    Yes, we get it. Twitter and iPhone apps are useful for people buried under rubble, passengers on hijacked planes, and men who hear someone knocking on the door while taking an unusually large dump in the women's restroom.

  • Xeones||

    and men who hear someone knocking on the door while taking an unusually large dump in the women's restroom.

    Speaking from experience?

  • Colonel_Angus||

    Happened to me once.

  • ||

    Oh, I could tell tales of bathroom woes that would make your duodenum curl. Like the other day when I was puking in one of those newfangled auto-flush toilets and got swirlied when my head moved in and out of the IR sensor's line of sight.

  • Colonel_Angus||

    Always hang a piece of TP over the sensor if you can.

  • ||

    I'm wondering whether Milton Friedman and the Chicago School can take any credit for Chile's relatively robust infrastructure.

    Has anyone looked at that yet?

  • Tman||

    Maybe we should check the WSJ.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tman,

    Maybe we should check the WSJ.

    Oh, you mean the link that you already posted on top of the thread? THAT link?

    ;-)

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