BBC recognizes blogs as source of news in emergencies

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From the BBC:

The humdrum tales of commuting became a global news story on Thursday as London weathered the impact of bomb attacks. And bloggers were the first to make their experiences heard.

Mass media gives its facts and its tragedies. But it lacks context – what were people going through, how are they reacting, what’s up next? That’s where blogs came in.

Every feature of blogging found a new use. Comments sections became “Are You Alive?” sections. PayPal accounts became donations to buy beer for the emergency services.

And long before politicians had a chance to make a statement, Londoners’ own reactions were being quoted as the voice of Britain around the world.

Thousands of posts. Thousands of perspectives. From survivors to eye-witnesses, once again bloggers have shown the world the power of blogs in disseminating news real time. Shocking that it takes a tragedy to make it clear. But powerful in its force of statement.

The BBC does a good roundup of some experiences being shared on the web. It’s a powerful compilation of thought. While you’re at it, visit we’re not afraid as well (thanks Pete).

And so we end with another quote:

And so life goes on. Acts of violence can cause damage in their aftermath; they can frighten people, and they can turn them against each other. This time, there was a new tool available – blogs – and they’ve been used for communication, help and humour. So much for terror.

2 Responses to “BBC recognizes blogs as source of news in emergencies”

  1. Minitrue.nl says:

    BBC: Blogs on the bombs

    De BBC heeft een uitgebreide samenvatting online gezet van ooggetuigenverslagen die op weblogs zijn verschenen. Het artikel merkt op dat in tijden van rampen weblogs de ideale nieuwsbron worden:

    And long before politicians had a chance to ma

  2. Minitrue.nl says:

    BBC: Blogs on the bombs

    De BBC heeft een uitgebreide samenvatting online gezet van ooggetuigenverslagen die op weblogs zijn verschenen. Het artikel merkt op dat in tijden van rampen weblogs de ideale nieuwsbron worden:

    And long before politicians had a chance to ma



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