Uh, hello?

I love On the Media but I think they missed the boat this week in a lead story on changes in media in New Orleans after Katrina. They explored the big change in the town’s attitude toward its paper — they like it now — and the growth of TV news and of Hispanic radio. But they all but ignored the internet, which was almost the only outlet for news after the storm and still today is the link to the widespread New Orleans disaspora. Obviously, I’m prejudiced, having had a role in the launch of Nola.com, but the relationship of online to old media today is a good part of the story we didn’t hear.

  • That’s incredible, Jeff, and shows an amazing blind spot.

    My family kept in touch with our LA and TX relatives and friends during Katrina and Rita, which wouldn’t have happened if phones or the mails had been the only way. Those who evacuated just plugged in where they were and instantly let the others know their whereabouts, and planned where to meet and when to go back.

    The internet was irreplaceable during those events.

  • I was listening to WWL-AM the night Ray Nagin erupted in his now-famous tirade against government response to Katrina. In the days and weeks afterward I spent as much time at NOLA.com as anywhere else on the ‘net.