Codes in relation to Genre

In my last blog post, I provided data regarding the presence of certain genres in our research. I did not mention, however, that we further categorized each overarching genre through the use of codes. Our codes consisted of Aid, Donations, Resilience, Devastation, Damages, Memories, Business, Disaster Mythology, Obama, Weather, Katrina Institutions, Landmarks, Events, Schools, Planning for the Future, Insurance, and Created Products.

Because the ratio of codes to genre fluctuate for each genre, I created pie-charts to illustrate the percentages of codes within the three genres that had the greatest number of posts.

Info-Sharing composed 53% of the total number of posts from October to November. Within Info-Sharing, Aid (15%), Devastation (15%), Events (10%), and Damages (10%) were the most common descriptors.Image

I was able to come up with some potential explanations for the data of these codes based on the trends that I had observed

– Aid: Many of the posts for Info-Sharing were announcing available opportunities to provide aid while other posts acknowledged and thanked those who had assisted in certain projects etc.

– Devastation: I noticed that Info-Sharing posts addressed personal as well as public devastation that had occurred. Sometimes, these posts included photos to portray the images of devastation (cars, homes, buildings, beaches, boardwalk, etc.) I also believe that devastation was an essential code for Info-sharing because posts about devastation often attract the attention of Facebook users.

-Damages: This code pertained to electrical, oil/gas, flooding, and contaminated water. Perhaps “damage” was used in Info-Sharing posts as a way to confirm the normalcy of such damage among Long Beach residents.

-Events: I was not surprised when I learned that events was one of the most popular codes for Info-Sharing. After Hurricane Sandy, there were many events to raise money and create a sense of community. In order to maximize the attendance of such events, Facebook users would share information about their respective events.

Info-Seeking was another genre that had the highest number of Facebook posts. From October to November, 28% of the posts in the Long Beach, NY Hurricane Sandy Information page dealt with Facebook users who were seeking information from other Facebook users, Long Beach residents etc.Image

Within Info-Seeking, Aid was the most significant code and contributed to 33% of all of the Info-Seeking Facebook posts. Donations (13%) and Damages (11%) followed Aid.

-Aid: This made sense to me. I remember seeing posts that were asking for assistance/ volunteers to help for a specific event or at a specific location.

-Donations: I would have thought that there would have been more posts about donations because I always conceptualize donations and aid as intertwined entities. However, the discrepancy between donations and aids demonstrates that members of Long Beach potentially needed volunteers’ help more than tangible objects at a given time.

-Damages: There would often be Info-Seeking posts from those who wanted updates regarding the damages in their home. While some of these Facebook users were seeking services related to the damages, others were looking for general instructions.

Solidarity/Community constituted 9% of the total number of Facebook Posts. With the Resilience code forming the overwhelming majority (42%) of the Solidarity/Community posts, Events contributed 13% and Aid contributed 12%Image

-Resilience: I remember seeing a ton of posts appreciating how people were coming together to work for their shared cause/identity: Long Beach. These posts often showed the pride that many people about being a current Long Beach resident, post-Long Beach resident, or having family/friends in Long Beach.

-Events: Because events often serve to reinforce a sense of community, I understood the high presence of events within the Solidarity/Community genre.

-Aid: After aid was provided, many posts addressed and expressed gratitude for volunteers working to repair Long Beach. As a result, this code corresponded with my expectations.

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monica byrne

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