October 21, 2005

sharks and social media

Sometimes blogs help us to locate ourselves in the web of humanity and remind us how closely interconnected we really are. I don't know Megan Halavais, the girl who was attacked by a white shark in Bodega Bay yesterday, but her name rang a little bell. It turns out she is Alex Halavais' little sister; I don't know Alex either, but I know his writing because my colleague and neighblogger Alex Pang has linked to him often. It's a very thin thread, but it was enough to take "just another news item" and make it a tangible, real and human connection.

Megan, I know you don't know us but my family and I wish you a safe and speedy recovery. You'll have quite a story to tell to your grandkids someday ;-)

Posted by Gene at October 21, 2005 09:37 AM


Thank you for your kind words. She's tough; I'm sure she'll be fine.

It is an interesting phenomenon, though. It seems like we are somehow "closer" to the news now than we have been in the past.

Posted by: Alex at October 23, 2005 09:28 AM
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