It was an odd experience, today, to go to Boing Boing and find that another man named Michael Boyle was among the missing firefighters in New York. Just as things have started to feel more or less normal for the people I know who were on the scene in NY (there were two, both safe, luckily, though still very anxious about having had the experience).
Archives for September 2001
The greatest patriot is the one who thoughtfully questions and critiques her/his state, and its government. Careful critique isn’t disloyalty, it’s the greatest gift of an engaged citizen.
: “And I want my update, dammit.” Well written words about OS X.1 availability.
For my part, personal journalism and/or weblogging has expanded and enriched my media environment, and in doing so has radically changed my expectations of that whole terrain. At one time there was a particular flow: CNN to network documentary and commentary to daily newspaper think pieces to magazine coverage. Or something like that. With the rise of tools that enable individual online publishing, my expectations from magazines and “thinkier” newspapers has changed. I can get a vast range of perspectives from across the waterfront on weblogs, and almost immediately.
So on the front end of a crisis, I rely on both TV and weblogs – “fact” and opinion, right up front. And I expect the print media – daily, weekly, and monthly – to take into account not only that I have the facts already, but that I also have access to a variety of (informed and not) opinions already – something for which they have traditionally been the main source.
the Seybold2001 Panel discussion about personal and non-pro journalism via weblog as I write this post. It’s interesting, and I think it’s not a bad way to cover an event like this. I’ve done it before to follow breaking news, but the general low-bandwidth character of most blogs suits the format well.
One of the more interesting comments posted early in the discussion: “8:47: Bruce Koon: What was interersting from the news perspective was that Nightline was born out of the American Hostage situation in the 1980s and (paraphrasing) here we’re witnessing the birth of a new kind of journalism.”