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Blogging the Bridge Collapse Aftermath

I’m frankly a little overdosed on this whole thing. Not like I’ve been on the scene, but it’s exhausting to spend a lot of your day on the internet and in front of the tv and next to the radio, constantly taking in information on a tragedy like this.

I’ve shifted from the news (aside from MPR) to following the blog reaction to it. Metroblogging has gotten quite a bit of attention. Julio Ojeda-Zapata, the tech writer for the Pioneer Press has covered it (pasted after the jump, since that link will break in about a week). I fielded a Twitter from Jon Gordon and ended up in today’s episode of Future Tense.

Missy and I have talked about the strangeness of the personal gain that comes from an event like this. Because something really terrible happened to set this all in motion. I can’t occupy the “reporting” and “reflecting” spaces in my brain at the same time. What I’ve been doing for Metroblogging is just trying to compile info. I’ll editorialize and grieve later. At the risk of sounding self-important, Metroblogging served as a good conduit of information for people at a time when people wanted to know what was going on. I’m glad we could do that.

For as much as I’ve driven on and under that bridge and seen all the pictures, it occurs to me that I’m having a hard time really appreciating the scale of this. What does a highway really look like laying in the middle of a river? I’ll wait until the recovery effort is complete before I go over there.

I’ve now driven into downtown twice since this happened. Both times I looked at the Minneapolis skyline and felt intensely relieved that it was all still there.

In the mean time, there’s an art fair and a Fringe Festival going on. And I’m going to Iowa for the first time ever (meh) for my co-workers’ wedding. Not sure on the mechanism of this connection, but I’m feeling really in love with this place lately. Part of it’s due to the awesomeness of my personal life (relative to the previous 29 years), but I’m also feeling very connected to Minneapolis right now.

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