Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina

@article{Tierney2006MetaphorsMD,
  title={Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina},
  author={Kathleen J. Tierney and Christine A. Bevc and Erica D. Kuligowski},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={604},
  pages={57 - 81}
}
It has long been understood by disaster researchers that both the general public and organizational actors tend to believe in various disaster myths. Notions that disasters are accompanied by looting, social disorganization, and deviant behavior are examples of such myths. Research shows that the mass media play a significant role in promulgating erroneous beliefs about disaster behavior. Following Hurricane Katrina, the response of disaster victims was framed by the media in ways that greatly… 

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