March 1st, 2010
Media Reaction Paper
The Haiti earthquake that took place this past January 2010 was one of the most destructive natural disasters in modern history. The 7.0 magnitude-quake destroyed parts of the Caribbean nation of nine million in Haiti, which is already known as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before the disaster. The Haitian government reports between 217,000 and 230,000 deaths to date. The earthquake caused major damage in surrounding areas and settlements within the region, including Haiti’s capital and largest city, Port-Au Prince which was left largely in ruins and sustained massive damage. Many buildings were also destroyed, including the local jail, hospitals, the presidential palace, and National Assembly. A number of countries, notably the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil contributed large amounts of emergency relief aid, provided medical staff, and security personnel to assist with emergency rescue and immediate medical attention. There was also an overwhelming response from many organizations, both large and small from around the world to further assist with relief efforts and help to orchestrate a humanitarian response for the Haitian population. A small office in an Atlanta First Presbyterian Church, a non-denominational faith-based charity, collected donations of medical supplies to ship to one of the Haitian Islands (Sierrie, John 2010). This was one of many charity events taking place all over the nation. There were many media reactions to the catastrophic earthquake that took place in Haiti this past year. Whether via blogs, photos, videos, twitter, or any other form of mass media, voices would be heard from around the world. Many people have been able to share their sentiments about the disaster utilizing social media channels, such as Twitter and blogging. Amazingly, this allowed many to follow...