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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Example of blogging as the new media

With all the vapid discussions amongst old media about the future of blogging, today reaped an excellent, but tragic example of how blogging can hold breaking news in the palm of it's hand. When the bridge collapsed in Minnesota, Noah of Blanked Out, a well-known blogger happened to live literally next door to the collapsed segement. Before being evacuated, he reported what he saw, and how he helped rescue people well before the emergency crews showed up.

This is powerful stuff. It isn't a discussion of PR morons who target the wrong people. It isn't a discussion of how to monitize our blog. It's frank personal reportage from a blogger who got intimately involved in a terrible disaster while documenting what he saw and heard. This is the face of new media, people. And it is gripping reporting without the flash of Fox News.

Astounding photographs can be found here.

For every person who has laughed at my bridge phobia and ridiculed my refusal to ride on a bridge, phhhtttttttt. They are not safe, they are not maintained, they will continue to collapse and cause massive damage because this country refuses to identify it's infrastructure as a problem area. Had we spent even one month's worth of war money on our nation's roads and bridges, problems like this could easily be alleviated. But we don't. And we won't because bridges aren't sexy. Manhole covers blowing off and striking drivers in the head isn't sexy. Tunnel ceilings falling and killing young women isn't sexy. We don't care about our infrastructure and we keep reaping the benefits of our ignorance.

“A bridge on Interstate 35-W near the University of Minnesota collapsed just two hours ago, dropping at least 8 cars and a truck in the water. A school bus that just barely missed crashing into the water was damaged; students on board were bloodied and injured. The crumpled wreckage of the bridge is on the east bank and in the water; the concrete roadway is in the river gorge. It’s a 40 year old bridge. This is a tragic occurrence and I make that observation in the midst of this consideration of the technical corrections as an indication of how important it is for us to continue our vigilance on the integrity and condition of the nation’s traveled roadways.”
From the sky blue waters report

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Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

My mother has a severe and debilitating bridge phobia and said almost exactly the same thing. What a tragedy.

2/8/07 4:28 PM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

Margalit~I have bridge phobia as well especially over water. I also dislike tunnels underwater. I always picture bad things happening in tunnels especially. I am sorry the bridge collapsed in Mn.

2/8/07 5:42 PM  

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