Cody LaGrow-News of the Net
No longer does the word “Sandy” remind you of those lackluster boxed cookies you can purchase at Wal-Mart.
“Sandy” will now and forever be tied to the frankenstorm occurring on the eastern seaboard. And today, I will focus my “News of the Net” on all things Sandra.
1. LIVESTREAM CAM…WHAT THE WHAT?
Reporters think differently. When I heard of the monstrosity that will soon hit Manhattan, I began to think of how I yearned to be back in my Financial District apartment, documenting a hurricane in the nation’s biggest city.
Landlocked, warm and dry, I will not be able to experience one of the year’s biggest stories in person. However, I am able to experience it online and on my phone.
Mashable explains “Sandycam” can take a viewer to the storm. Whether a curious NYC wannabe or a concerned family member, this cam puts the rest of the nation in the hurricane as well.
Could this concept be applied to severe weather in a breaking news environment? INTERESTING THOUGHT.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA ABUZZ
Whenever there is severe weather, many people forget that those who need information the most may not have traditional access to the information. Let’s be real—-no matter the cable provider, the tube will most likely fail if it’s sprinkling.
BUT SOCIAL MEDIA IS CHANGING OUR LIVES.
Twitter, Facebook and Google are tracking this hurricane and disseminating information like bosses. Props to you all.
3. SEEING STARS THROUGH THE CLOUDS
To end on a positive note, here are a few of my favorite celebrity tweets about dear Sandy.
Alec Baldwin: “Sandy…..that bitch!”
Ricky Gervais: This “Sandy” who’s on TV all the time and is blowing the entire east coast, I assume she’s a Kardashian right?
And my favorite, totes typical Martha tweet:
Martha Stewart: “i am doing last minute errands- trying up top heavy topiaries,wisteria vines, extra heavy apple tree branches-” And, “the winds are growing in intensity in bedford, ny. the news reports are dismal the grandchildren are holed up in zone A i am not happy”