Discussion from around the Web about the London bombings and citizen journalism.
Ponderance: The Mediascape & The London Bombings
Just as the Tsunami disaster last year illustrated the significant impact and utility of citizen journalism, the tragic London Bombings have highlighted collaborative grassroots media reporting. The Wikipedia entries on the London Bombings and the Responses to the Bombing are among the most detailed and reliable sources on the tragedy and its immediate aftermath, updated collaboratively and regularly.
UndergroundMedia.org: London Attacks Show Citizen Media In Action
The sad events in London today also shed light on the power of the average citizen to take an active roll in media events.
RatcliffeBlog: I heard the news today, oh boy ...
(L)et's look at the notion that the "citizen journalism" is "covering" this event. If you check the "bomb" group on Flickr, there are pictures of London, but the majority are photos of television screens and screen captures of Web sites reporting on the attacks this morning. ... People express their shock, their anger, their sense that vengeance is called for, but they are not "reporting" facts about the events in any sense. They are reflecting and amplifying the facts, adding a human dimension, but I challenge the statement that any of this is journalism.
The real value of blogging, podcasting and other citizen media is evident today, as London reels from the cowardly attacks by terrorists on ordinary citizens.
Wall Street Journal: Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London
As journalists scrambled to cover the London bomb blasts, ordinary citizens went online to share pictures snapped by cameraphones and reports of what they saw. At Technorati.com, a search engine for blogs, eight of the top 10 searches Thursday were related to the blasts.