Blogs at 11

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.

Like this one.
Or this one.
That one.
One over here.
Here.
Or here.
Or there.
Eight.
Nine.
Ten.
Eleven.
Portuguese! (With translation.)

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.

7 Comments

  1. Posted August 15, 2003 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    > no corporate threat of “If you say that I’ll fire you”

    Well not exactly…

    “A Brit living and working in the US has been sacked from his job for running a blog.”

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/29064.html

    Also, my understanding of things is that Apple is not to happy about it’s employees running blogs:

    http://nslog.com/archives/2003/05/02/personal_blogging.php

  2. Posted August 15, 2003 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m not trying to say that blogging can’t hurt your career, or that blogs are disconnected from real life. What I’m saying is that when you’re looking into events and want an eyewitness, blogs are often the best way to do it.

  3. Posted August 15, 2003 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hey Josh, found your blog through your trackback ping on my blog. I like your writing.

    My boss is aware of my blog, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t ever look at it. I do monitor myself as to what I post and try to be careful what I link to, because I do realize that it could become a sensitive issue at some future time. I just try to be sensible.

    I think your use of GeoURL to get a first-person view of the mess of the blackout was great. There’s sure to be a lot more now that more people got their power back. I never actually lost power, we got lucky, all the towns around us went out.

  4. ivy
    Posted August 17, 2003 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    it’s incredible how i’ve stretched from obtaining my ‘media thirst’ from the ol’ underground sites of pals back before the .com orgasm – people i knew – whose writing i liked and opinions i respected… to random blogs of those i don’t know. like this one.
    b/c my mom was in nyc this past weekend and i’m surfing around to find some more personal perspective on the blackouts for a paper i’m writing and here i am.
    but- the hilarity of all this is that i think i may know you josh- habonim? is it you?

  5. Josh
    Posted August 17, 2003 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    No. It’s not him. Sorry!

    Glad you’re here though.

  6. Posted August 18, 2003 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Found your site when I started getting visits from people coming from you and noticed you linked to me. I’m a new blog and lately I’ve mostly been posting personal things (just bought a house and am in the process of moving) although I plan to get back to other topics before too long. But I think you are the first other blogger to link to me. Thanks! 🙂

    As to the other thing, some folks at work have seen my blog, but I doubt my boss knows, nor would he really care… unless I started talking about work. I’ll do that tangentially, but never directly, and even though folks who know me obviously know where I am talking about, I won’t be mentioning the name of my employer in the blog.

    Way back in ’94 or ’95 I once got a cease and desist because as it turns out some pages I had showing some pictures I had from a job back then turned out to be the first thing that came up on a bunch of search engines when you searched on that company. (This was before they had their own site.) Woops. 🙂 I’ll try to avoid that sort of thing happening again. 🙂

  7. Posted August 19, 2003 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Hey Josh – perhaps you’ve already seen this, but you should check out http://www.theonion.com/onion3932/i_have_an_ipod.html