blog post: Boston’s hurricane heroes of day drinking – caught on Instagram!

October 16, 2012


The world had Monday off. And on Instagram, half the world seemed to spend it drinking. That’s my takeaway from an afternoon spent staring at Snap, our fancy newsroom Instagram visualization tool.

My assignment was to find a story in the flood of storm-inspired images streaming from Bostonians’ phones. Day drinking emerged beautifully as a hot trend – rising above the too predictable shots of downed trees, flooded streets and lawn furniture on its side. These were young revelers, I felt, daring to love life on a carwash afternoon.

I waylaid them with comments on their photos, asking them to explain themselves. Seven responded. The result:



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