Global Social Network
I am awed by the power of social media we have seen in the wake of the on going tragedy in Japan.
Japan is a particularly unique situation. It is by far one of the most ‘wired’ countries in the world. All the major manufacturers debut and debug their cutting edge technology in Japan.
If this one-two punch of a disaster had happened a couple of years ago, the world wouldn’t have had such a precise understanding of the dire straits of the citizens of Japan.
Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Google and other Internet Social Media forums the word spread quickly. Foreign nationals in Japan were able to reassure family members they were okay. Friends could reach out and share their stories. Agencies could find help.
We are at day four. Power to charge the computers, cellphones, and other devices is now at a premium. Due to the Nuclear Reactor in Sendai, which provides electricity the area, being off-line and having its own set of issues because of the earthquake AND the tsunami. They don’t know when the power will be restored to the area (the debate about nuclear energy is its own topic).
The Japanese are a resilient people, look how they rebuilt their country after World War II.
There is an emotional toll. The older generation of today, were the children of World War II. Having survived that turmoil, their current circumstances must be hell. The Japanese society is one where families live together in multi-generational households. Strong bonds exist in the family. With the capricious acts of nature, we now have orphaned grandparents and orphaned children.
Japan is going to have to see how resilient it is. We, as a global community, can not forget them in their time of need as they rebuild their communities and families.