As the super storm ripped through the Big Apple, someone asked me on Twitter why Nigerians should join the online conversation surrounding Sandy. I retorted with the oft recycled remark that “when America sneezes, the World catches cold.” True to type the price of crude took a hit and websites running on servers located on the Eastern Seaboard of the US started crawling.
But one cast iron lesson we can learn from the media storm that followed Sandy is seeing in real time the professional and smart way in which Americans have handled this natural disaster. Governors Christie and Cuomo and the mayors of the affected cities where live on TV and visible on the ground, as the emergency rescue system was deployed. Nigerian governors and political leaders can all tear a script from these ‘model’ political leaders who inspire confidence and exude competence. The beauty of the mass media and the social media in particular is that it enables peoples from all across the global village to witness global best practices speeding up diffusion of knowledge.
Nearly lost in the spin of the superstorm is the news that Disney has bought Lucas Film and will make the seventh Star Wars Movie. Don’t know what to make of it yet. But, may the Force be with us all.