Looking back at Hurricane Katrina

For five years I wrote a column for the Detroit Metro Times entitled “Free Your Mind.” This column entitled “Is New Orleans the New Detroit?” is one of my favorites. Read it here.

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I’ve been warned.

By now you are so saturated with Hurricane Katrina coverage that you don’t want to hear another word about it. Not one. After nearly two weeks of special reports, Spike Lee, pundits, etc., there’s a good chance you’ve OD’d on it a year after the fact. The well of tears has run dry, you’re sick and tired of being frustrated, and you want to move on to the next Big Story. Hell, there’s nothing you can do about it anyway.

Like I said, I’ve been warned. And I do understand. We media folks have long had tendencies to do the Big Story to death in an attempt to outdo the next guy. But we must remember that this is not just another Big Story. It’s one from which to learn.

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