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Social media bombards us with news of natural disasters, and with that comes a risk of desensitization, as these increasingly frequent disasters become blurs of information in our feeds. But the technologies we rely on, on a daily basis, are also turning out to be critical tools for those trying to help — even from a distance.

Source: CBC News

Date: October 6th, 2017



1) “As we have more of this data of ever increasing natural disasters, our baseline shifts and a new normal emerges … and we become inured to it.”  How does technology make this worse?

2) “there are also really simple ways to assist, using the tools we use every day.  For example, someone created a registry on Amazon for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Items on the registry range from things you can buy with just a couple of dollars, such as shampoo and toothpaste, to more expensive rescue essentials, such as radios, flashlights and lifeboats. Not only does a registry like this have the potential to cut out the charity middlemen, and theoretically their overhead, for people who have the Amazon app already installed, helping, even with the purchase of a $3 bottle of shampoo, is as easy as a tap or swipe of your finger.”   This is a very interesting idea.  In what other ways might you use this idea to help?

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