Bloggers provide the much needed information media outlets are missing
In flooded Iowa the blogosphere has proved more useful than the news media.
“I feel informed about the devastation—very informed,” one Iowan blog reader (my cousin) told me. “[The media] just keep showing the water … Nothing like, ‘Go here to get federal aid. Go here to get government help.’”
Bloggers are filling the information void left by a news media obsessed with images of water and devastation.
A blogger from the accounting firm, Roth & Company, PC, wrote Monday about the IRS’s extension of a tax deadline for Iowa counties hit by flooding.
Perhaps the most damning indictment of media and national indifference to the flooding came from a blogger named Mary, who wonders, “Why hasn’t the nation rallied to assist [Iowans]?” So far Mary’s post, titled “Hey Hollywood! Fly-over country needs you!”, has zero comments and zero blogs linked to it.
“I’m waiting,” she wrote.