Cara and I were on the highway Thursday afternoon for a wonderful dinner in DC at Legal Seafood, then a mind-bending concert from Metallica (incredible, by the way!). On the way, Cara checked her Facebook account on her iPhone when she saw an update from a friend about the US Airways crash on the Hudson River. But she didn’t see any real news of a cause or outcome. After firing up MY iPhone and paging to the New York Times app, which just refused to update, caused by a massive hit of traffic I assume. So I paged over to Tweetie on my iPhone where I immediately saw a stream of about 30 tweets about outcome, cause, links to pictures, the captain’s name, and anything else I’d ever want to know regarding the amazing splashdown by “Sully.”
It was the first time I can recall relying solely on Twitter for first-hand news reporting…and ACCURATE reporting I might add, partially from the constant fact-checking and “communal” nature of the medium.
In my mind, this was a watershed event. A shift away from mass, commercial media outlets like radio or television stations, to more non-commercial means of communication…one owned and operated by a conscientious public eager to provide information that others might find valuable. In the process, many major news outlets picked up their photography of the plane from bystanders submitting shots from their iPhones! Somehow I knew Apple would find a way to prove valuable, even in NY during a cold emergency.
Another emission from the exhaust of the Rocket Pop,