This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 23: Turbulence: How Volunteers Cyber-Responded to a Tsunami
Turbulence: How Volunteers Cyber-Responded to a Tsunami
On 26 December 2004, Southeast Asia was hit by a double tragedy: a huge earthquake off the Indonesian coast, followed by a tsunami that wreaked havoc on the coastlines of countries around the Indian Ocean. The death and destruction that those waters brought defied description. The world was shocked. And then came the second wave: a huge outpouring of concern, sympathy, desire to help, and a need for information. With a disparate bunch of people from all over the world, most of whom I never knew before that day, most of whom I will probably never meet but who I now count as friends, I was part of an online initiative that ...