2:46 - Aftershocks
The news has moved on; the relentless 24-hour news cycle cannot afford to dwell too long on any given story, even a momentous one. The Tohoku tsunami of last March has been long forgotten by those whose job is to tell us what is happening. But, is there nothing happening in Tohoku? I can't help but believe that the real story is unfolding now, manifest in the strength of character of the people in Tohoku — at least those I know from my travels there.
I want to call your attention to a book/project of interest. I've been reading a publication called 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake. It is a volunteer effort that has collected short comments from ordinary people who experienced the events of that tragic day. These are not professional writers, but rather just ordinary folks. I find it of interest on several levels: obviously, it is interesting to read people's reactions and emotions to about the event; it is also a fascinating use of no-cost publishing and distribution; it is an example of citizen journalism and, beyond that, what I would call "citizen publishing." There are photographs, too, so it is even of interest to us photographers. It is a paradigm that I think stands out as an example of something we might just see more of in the future.
Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description:
In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.
The book is available as a $12 paperback here, but interestingly also available as a free Kindle download here. If you don't own a Kindle, you can also read it using the free Kindle Reader for your PC or Mac. See what you think, not just of the events it relates, but also the paradigm of citizen publishing. My mind cannot help but wander into a brainstorm about this type of publication for photography. What potential exists for such a project on a variety of topics?
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