Following up on yesterday's post about new media diet in the case of the Indian Ocean catastrophe: first, the blogosphere via a fine MIT tool from Cameron. Blogdex is generous, pointing us to widely-used Web documents. For example, Kenji Satake is an earthquake fault researcher, and has webbed up a very well-done animated gif of the seaquake's spread. Blogdex also reveals that a new and victims' aid blog is the leading web page this morning, a better proof of world concern than anything a single mainsteam media organ could show. The Wikipedia page on the event has similarly ascended in the rankings (second place, as of this blogging). As with any fine old media account, that page is informative; it differs, however, in its open peer editing, allowing organic, rapid, and quickly-checked accretion of information. We can compare the 'pedia's entry with the Wikinews entry; which is more useful, for what purposes? Also up in the Blogdexsphere is warblog Command Post's relief information entry. Notice how the blog post structure locates that initial writing in time, while also supporting subsequent accretion of information through revisions, comments, and trackbacks. All of these use mainstream media for resources, but aggregate them, update them, and admit global participation. Korea's OhMyNews! seems to be a prototype of this. Lastly, I noticed the homepage for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières up there. A quick run of clicks revealed that that was a leading resource being indicated, which tells me more about the contours of international aid in this event. Added: BoingBoing points to a blogger's survey of relief agencies. Is this the kind of thing one would find on CNN or BBC?
Second, a splendid friend tells me (out loud, as we're using two machines in the same room) about updates from Arthur C. Clarke. Both of us are lifelong readers of Sir Arthur, and could not find anything about him in our traditional sources (he's lived in Sri Lanka for a long time). My friend logged into a private discussion forum and found this reference. This media activity is different and separate from the blogosphere, in that it's social yet composed of private connections.
Added after posting: greetings, linkers. A question for discussion - how much of this reading and interaction depending on metadata?