Hurricane Katrina Goes Digital: Memory, Dark Tours, and YouTube

  • Diana I. Bowen
  • Susannah Bannon
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Virtual Hurricane Katrina tours expose underlying strategic efforts of remembering and forgetting. This study examines virtual visits that include documentary, news footage, and application-based platforms that highlight the unique forms of virtual disaster tourism. Through strategic efforts at merging key players of tour companies, using the public’s reluctance for persuasive purposes, and attending to the ensuing struggle over meaning, virtual tours draw attention to the technologies of tourism practices and their role in unsettling patterns of globalization.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana I. Bowen
    • 1
  • Susannah Bannon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Houston-Clear LakeHoustonUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas-AustinAustinUSA

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