Communication in Crisis, Communication in Recovery: A Postmodern Commentary on the Exxon Valdez Disaster

November 1992 (VOL. 10, NO. 3)

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This article is an application of the postmodern characteristics of simultaneity, chaos, unintended consequences, and multiple realities to the Exxon Valdez disaster. After postmodernity is applied to the Exxon Valdez case-study, the changes in contingency planning, prevention, and response that ave occurred since 1989, and their implications for the Pacific Rim, are reviewed. The theme of the paper is the use of differences for problem solving in emergencies.