This New York Times piece says that blogs were “hard to beat” when it came to detailed on scene coverage of the awful tsunami disaster, and I have to agree. I spent an hour following links to first hand accounts and all sorts of images and video this morning. It’s amazing to me how little I even think about newspaper or television news any more…scary in fact. And this Tsunami Help Weblog that was cobbled together to keep track of the coverage is a pretty amazing thing all by itself.
But here is the powerful part…I can follow this story through my aggregator just by creating a Google News feed for it. And I can use that to create a separate page just for that. And if I want a summary of what’s known so far, I just need to go to the Wikipedia entry on the disaster. In fact, if you haven’t yet figured out the power of Wikipedia, GO THERE NOW! I mean it. More than you could ever imagine being put together in one place in this short a time span.
We are witness to the future of news. Amazing.