Using the lens of Flickr to decode emic meanings about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on a tourism destination: the Jersey Shore
by Lori Pennington-Gray; Svetlana Stepchenkova; Ashley Schroeder
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015

Abstract: While many individuals share information on social media sites, a paucity of research examines the use of photo sharing social media sites during a crisis. Recently, user-generated content on the internet has been a forum for a variety of audiences to post and share their experiences during a crisis. Flickr offers one way to communicate emic meanings about crises. This study compares images of Hurricane Sandy posted by professionals and laypersons and identifies statistical differences across several dimensions. Findings show that professional photos tend to include more images relating to government or NGO response to the crisis; while laypersons tend to feature more environmental impacts.

Online publication date: Tue, 17-Feb-2015

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