Intimate Banalities

The Emotional Currency of Shared Camera Phone Images during the Queensland Flood Disaster

Authored by: Larissa Hjorth , Jean Burgess

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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From the mid-2000s, particularly since the launch of popular online hosting services for digital photographs, photosharing has emerged as an important social practice in crisis and disaster situations. There is now a body of work on this phenomenon. 1 Much of this work focuses on the uses of digital photography and online photosharing not only for documenting but also for coordinating recovery and response efforts in crisis events. It highlights the fact that, through the enhanced publishing and networking affordances of platforms like Flickr, “mere” personal photography was legitimated as a source of visual information and evidence for the authorities, and a source of news footage for the mainstream media.

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