New York plane crash: online media spreads word within seconds

New York plane crash: online media spreads word within seconds

Summary: Citizen journalism has taken off once again with the still-developing plane crash in New York city. Whilst I am keen to stress this is not deemed an act of terror (unless you consider the bird that flew into the engine as a "suicide pigeon"), showing the immense impact on-demand television, Twitter and Flickr has on events such as these are tremendous.

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Citizen journalism has taken off once again with the still-developing plane crash in New York city. Whilst I am keen to stress this is not deemed an act of terror (unless you consider the bird that flew into the engine as a "suicide pigeon"), showing the immense impact on-demand television, Twitter and Flickr has on events such as these are tremendous.

I've been using my phone to watch the on-demand broadcast of BBC News, to "report" to Mary-Jo Foley, who only lives a mile or so away from the crash site. Because New York is such a big place, having this on-demand capability to watch live streaming of events 6,000 away from me, I was able to tell Mary-Jo of an event happening only a mile away from her. MSNBC are still covering the event live on their own on-demand live broadcast service.

Using Windows Live Messenger on my computer, and a simple version of BBC iPlayer on my mobile phone, I was able to watch BBC News live on my phone, and speak to Mary Jo at the same time. With this, I could tell her what was happening before she even knew about it - as it was happening. This shows no disrespect or detriment to my colleague, not at all; it just shows the power the Internet can have when reporting a current event.

Within an hour of the crash happening, with the use of mobile phones and online Web 2.0 applications, Flickr has been updated with many photos such as these, and Twitter has been going absolutely nuts. My colleague and friend Jen Leggio wrote about the intense power of Twitter during and after the events in Mumbai late last year; a gutsy and ballsy post of which, I honestly believe, she should win an award for such a moving piece of journalism.

All passengers who were on the plane are safe, alive, and well. Thank God. But this is the next generation of journalism - and we're living it, right here and right now.

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  • RE: New York plane crash: online media spreads word within seconds

    yes, the response on Twitter was amazing, but trying to get streamed video on the internet proved to be almost impossible during the first hour of the event. I tuned to good old TV and watch Brian Williams and NBC report the story on the large screen. There are some thing that TV still does better.

    BTW, all the buzz is regarding schools here in Maine and how they are going to arrange for kids to watch the Inauguration next week. Unlike when I was a kid, schools no longer have TVs in the classrooms and those that do do not have cable access or can get a decent signal. Everyone is wondering if the pipelines in rural Maine will be able to handle the demands. Many kids will probably stay home and watch it on TV.

    Sounds like a story here...hint hint
    jebswebs
    • RE: jebswebs

      That was probably something I dubbed in an essay the "9/11 effect" (Whittaker, 2007) where the increase use in telecommunications, radio and broadcast services floods the web and airwaves, causing everything to go slowly. It's similar, but not quite as accurate - had the plane flown into a phone mast... maybe, but you see the point.
      zwhittaker
  • Nancy Grace Is An Idiot

    The cause has already been pre-determined (flock of geese flying into the engine intake during flight), and what does Nancy Grace of Court TV do? Praise the pilot for a heck of a landing? Declare him a hero for saving 150+ lives?

    No, she starts speculating on when the lawsuits are going to happen. Lawsuits for WHAT??? Act of God????

    This woman should be banned from TV for life.
    itanalyst2