My friend [Cole](http://www.colecamplese.com/2011/09/on-being-open-an-open-letter-to-bloomsburg-pas-press-enterprise/) lives in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The area was hit pretty hard by the hurricane, and there was a LOT of flooding. For some reason, it’s not making the news in the way other disasters have. Cole’s been posting photos, and [they’re really scary stuff](http://www.flickr.com/photos/colecamplese/sets/72157627524840009/).
There’s news, of course, provided by the [local newspaper](http://pressenterpriseonline.com/).
**Looting? Holy crap!** I knew the flooding was bad, but looting? I better check that out. I hope it’s not too serious. I should click the link to find out more.
But all news is locked behind a paywall. What? Not even a teaser paragraph? Nothing?
Well, Google News has some coverage, but not from Bloomsburg directly:
But that particular story on looting doesn’t seem to be there. There’s a [story from a newspaper in a nearby town](http://pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/09/14/news/srv0000013847527.txt?viewmode=fullstory), though, but it only mentions looting in passing, in another county.
So, there’s a cone of silence over the area. Those of us who aren’t there can’t get anything close to the full story, and have to go to other sources of variable quality to try to fill in the gaps.
This scenario makes me hope for 2 things:
1. that a disaster like this never happens to my home
2. that, if it did happen, my friends and family would be able to get information about what’s going on
The newspaper paywall isn’t doing anything except blocking outsiders from finding information. Why lock information about the disaster and related activities behind a paywall? It doesn’t make sense.