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Blogging in a region of conflict: supporting transition to recovery

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Blogging in a region of conflict: supporting transition to recovery
The blogosphere is changing how people experience war and conflict. We conducted an analysis of 125 blogs written by Iraqi citizens experiencing extreme disruption in their country. We used Hoffman’s [8] stages of recovery model to understand how blogs support people in a region where conflict is occurring. We found that blogs create a safe virtual environment where people could interact, free of the violence in the physical environment and of the strict social norms of their changing society in wartime. Second, blogs enable a large network of global support through their interactive and personal nature. Third, blogs enable people experiencing a conflict to engage in dialogue with people outside their borders to discuss their situation. We discuss how blogs enable people to collaboratively interpret conflict through communities of interest and discussion with those who comment. We discuss how technology can better support blog use in a global environment. Author Keywords Blogs, empi...
Ban Al-Ani, Gloria Mark, Bryan Semaan
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CHI
Authors Ban Al-Ani, Gloria Mark, Bryan Semaan
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