The time is coming for me to work on my final research paper.  After much debate, I have decided that I would like to compare government aid and community-based aid.  In doing so I hope to identify any disparities between the two types of aid and theorize on why these are significant. I will do […]

Last week I looked at frequency of variables for the month of December (below), today I am going to break down the categorical variables a little further to look at the major content of each category. In this post I will break down Information Sharing, Solidarity/Community, Information Seeking, and Memory.  I will not, however, look […]

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 […]

We have finally finished the arduous task of coding and putting variables on our data and can now look at the actual trends the data reveals; and let me say there is some pretty cool stuff for December!  The first thing I looked at was a general breakdown of the major categories of posts to see what […]

Our project is finally beginning to take shape: We have DATA! I have focused my data collection on the month of January. Below are graphs representing the trends I have seen throughout this month. Much of this level of analysis aligns with my expectation. However, there are a few surprises! Let’s check it out: Graph […]

In previous blog posts, I mentioned that I was in the midst of coding and identifying variables for individual posts on the “Long Beach, NY Hurricane Sandy Information” Facebook page. Now that I have completed this component of my research, I want to share my results! At one of our first research meetings, I was […]

When I think about bruises, the first image that comes to mind are bluish/purplish marks on the skin or brown, mushy areas on fruits or vegetables.  I really have never consider using the word “bruised” to describe any other context.  However, my visit to Long Beach a few weeks ago illuminated my perception of bruises. […]

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