Friday, July 22

The Post-It-NOW Culture

The Post's Robert MacMillan is less than impressed by the Flickr journalists out there, finding their coverage of yesterday's London incidents boring. He cites one critic's complaint:

I find it very depressing ... that the traditional media beat the citizens considering that: a) the citizens were actually there whereas the traditional media had to go there reactively, b) somewhere nearby someone must have had the capability to send a pic to a moblog, and c) the blog postings I tracked on Technorati simply regurgitated the traditional media message.

Still, MacMillan suggests that less compelling events naturally yield less compelling coverage -- from MSM as well as "citizen journalists," who may yet prove themselves in the next breaking story.