Katrina is magnitudes worse than 9/11
Dave Winer: Scripting News: 9/1/2005
I totally disagree. After 9/11 the games stopped, not because of respect, but because there was no air transport and citizens were rightly cautious, unwilling to go to public events (potential terrorist targets).
After 9/11 the President said "keep shopping, rebuild our economy, don't let the terrorists win". This time the terrorist is Mother Nature. America should not cow to this event. There has been enough economic disaster, we don't need more by stopping an event which brings a significant amount of jobs and money to that area. Not to mention people need things to think about other than the disaster! After watching CNN or FOX news for hours on end, it's nice to wind down by watching some tennis.
But, I do agree with Dave's other comments that the response by the media and the government has been totally insufficient, especially in comparison to 9/11. This situation is orders of magnitude worse than 9/11. Why are people afraid to say that? It is. Perhaps it's just the magnitude of this that is hard to fathom. Of course no-one wants to disrespect the suffering from 9/11, but let's give the victims of Katrina the respect they deserve.
And before too long you should think, is your city prepared. Is my city, I don't know. I seriously doubt it.