I guess I’m easily amazed, because the blog phenomenon continues to amaze me. We all know about the blackouts that occurred yesterday (and are still occurring somewhat today) in New England. And we’ve probably read news from professional, reputable web sites or heard it on the radio, saw it on TV or in a newspaper.
But what about blogs?
Personally, I think blogs hold enormous potential as an informal news source. Sure, you’re not going to get the big picture, but you get a very interesting person-specific view of it, which is something you can use to put a piece of the picture together. I’m not suggesting you get all your news that way, but it’s an interesting exercise.
When you combine it with a GeoURL listing (which I’ve mentioned earlier) of all the blogs within a 500-mile radius of New York City, for instance, you find quite a few blogs that report on the incident.
Obviously it just keeps going, but it’s an interesting way to find information, isn’t it? No spin. No agenda. Personal bias still exists, but there’s no corporate threat of “If you say that I’ll fire you,” or even usually “This is the opinion we want the viewer to come away with,” to taint your picture of what’s going on. I like how raw it is. I pulled most of these last night, so I’m sure there are a lot more up right now than before.