• Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 5 years ago

    In the past, there have been many logos, graphics, signs, slogans, and photographs attached to tragic events. I don't always agree with it, but it's not new.

    I think one thing we can do is design better ways to inform the public on the event in detail beyond the sensationalist news sites/channels to promote knowledge, thoughtfulness and true empathy over biases, political agendas, and shallow acts of instant gratification.

    Perhaps there could be a website that collects people's personal stories on the event. So that when one of us on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean says that we give our sympathy, we don't just say it because we read the Facebook sidebar, reshared an image, and did the "temporary" profile picture change, but because we read someone's experience, and truly meant it.

    4 points
    • Jesse C.Jesse C., over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Good points Laurens! This probably is just a modern representation of something humans have always done, relative to whatever art/design/graphics/symbolism/etc was available.

      Okay, I think that personal stories idea is actually brilliant. We have social media where people can share these things though some are closed (Facebook) versus open (Twitter, blogs) but discoverability is quite hard. I also feel like those directly involved in tragic incidents often themselves don't write much because they're still in the middle of it, it's too painful, etc. When mainstream media interviews people who were involved we sometimes see those stories spread. One story currently spreading is the man who sacrificed himself in Beirut (IIRC) to lessen the damage of a suicide bomber.

      There are even things that exist ala Storify that can be used for this purpose.

      1 point