NO refugee blog

Interesting blog from an employee taking refuge in the DirectNIC offices in New Orleans.

On the distrurbing side, this morning on the NBC Today show they were doing a segment on all New Orleans has to offer, and mentioned the above ground cemetaries. You would think they would leave something like that out. People have died as a result of this hurricane. Talking about cemetaries and New Orleans right now is beyond morbid.

5 Comments so far

  1. christie (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 7:55 pm

    I’ve got to disagree – anyone who loves New Orleans has to love its endless, creepy cemeteries. A visit to the city must include a visit to Marie Laveau’s grave, just like it must include beignets. It’s part of the city’s quirky charm. Hopefully, that quirkiness will be restored sometime.

    Plus, the reason they are above ground is precisely the reason the city is in so much trouble now.

  2. Kristen (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 1:22 pm

    i think you’re being a little sensative here. new orleans has some really amazing cemetaries. i think it would be morbid if they were all “new orleans: where we don’t bury our dead!” and then made some sort of reference to the bodies that are (or were as of saturday) STILL just sitting outside the convention center (c’mon…even tsunami victims had morgues)…but there’s nothing wrong with simply highlighting something that new orleans has to offer.

  3. Amy (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    What I was getting at was that even though they were covering all that NOLA has to offer, they had previously been discussing everything that was going on down at the Superdome, and the recently deceased that were there. We didn’t visit the cemetaries on our family vacation there (years ago) but I have heard about them. I felt that covering those at the same time they are covering news about dead bodies in the streets was just not right.

  4. Ricky (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 3:28 pm

    I don’t think that mentioning the city’s famous cemetaries is at all inappropriate. Death is very much accepted and embraced in the city’s culture. I think one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen is a Jazz funeral.

  5. Amy (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 4:05 pm

    Maybe it was the timing of when they aired the piece – it was before the major eveacuations started, as well as the cleanup, and the whole place was one big toilet bowl (still kinda is). I know they are famous, and would one day like to see them up close. I know that they do things a bit differently down there too. The piece that I saw was back to back with some of the more morbid details of the present day situation. Then again, maybe it had something to do with Katie Couric being the one that was covering it. I am not saying that the cemetaries should not be promoted as a New Orleans attraction. I am saying that there is a timing issue here – in my opinion, NBC had some bad timing. For what it’s worth, I have not seen any mention of the cemetaries since then other than in seeing the helicopter shots from above, showing how they are flooded along with everything else.

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