Destroying Nature as a Cultural Phenomenon: the Planet is Fine, Save Yourselves

Humans are a species, just like many other things in the world. As a species, we have the right to destroy some part of nature just like any other animal or plant. Nature has very complicated means to cover for us. Call it ecological, biological, meteorological or evolutionary means. Everything we do has a result, while not necessarily everything we do has a clear purpose. If a group of lions find too much food, their population will rise, but there will not be enough food for all of them after a point. Nature will balance it out. If global warming screws the climate, in the long run, the planet will fix itself. If we wear out natural resources, we will decrease in population sooner or later. So, first of all, the planet is fine. Save yourselves. Continue reading “Destroying Nature as a Cultural Phenomenon: the Planet is Fine, Save Yourselves”

COSMIC Report on Citizens’ Involvement in Crises

“COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management) project partners MixLab at Koç University and Hellenic Rescue Team has drafted a report on Citizens’ Involvement in Emergency Communications. The report seeks to examine the various roles that citizens may have in communications during emergencies. Also, the report maps the relationship between the use of different types of media and communication technologies—including mass media, as well as new media technologies—and citizens’ involvement in emergency communications as,

  1. potential or actual volunteers (first responders) who may aid emergency response and rescue;
  2. as social activists who may utilise online networks to organise, coordinate, collaborate or mobilise during political crises; and
  3. as citizens who report on emergencies and political crises.

With respect to the role that citizens may play as first responders, the report focuses on how various communication media are utilised by response organisations and government agencies to identify, recruit, network with and train citizens.  In order to accomplish this goal, the partners engaged in an in-depth analysis of citizen awareness programs and volunteer recruitment and training processes in four different countries:  Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom, and Greece.

The report also discusses social activism as a form of citizen involvement in crises (predominantly political crises). Particularly, the section on social activism discusses  how social activist formations use media to recruit members and/or form networks, communicate ideas, and coordinate action.

Finally, regarding the role that citizens can play as reporters/journalists during emergencies and crises, discuss  issues related to news selection processes, types of coverage (commentary vs. news), types of sources used by citizen journalists and citizen journalists’ perceptions regarding issues like reliability of information. In order to do so, the report summarises findings from  a content analysis of the articles published by citizens who reported about four emergencies/crises and online interviews conducted with a sample of citizens whose reports were content analysed.

Click here for a copy of the report.”

Link to the original update by MixLab

My personal comments and acknowledgements

I believe we have done a good job here. Having been involved in this project for about five months has surely contributed to my understanding of the field. I would like to thank my supervisor and colleagues for their work on the immense quality and outstanding content in this draft. I am truly happy that I am taking part in this project, and looking forward to the work that will follow.

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