Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

One of the things that fascinates me about modern technology - and the speed of communication - is how much information we can have, even after a major weather event. In the last 24 hours, I've come across some really great resources, and more than a few that made me think about how we evaluate what's going on in our world.

To start with, the New York Times has a detailed overview of some of the impact of Sandy, including a timed map of power, photographs, and other details. Salon.com also has a good summary of state-by-state effects.

More complicated than that, though, are how to judge things floating around the Internet, especially on Twitter, where there's been more than a little misinformation. There's several great articles debunking some of the fake photos (this one from the Atlantic does a wonderful job), but I also found "Hurricane Sandy tests Twitter's information immune system" (from the Poynter Institute) really well done, and it highlights the major sources of misinformation I've heard about so far.

What are your favourite sources for solid information? Or debunking of false information?

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