Saturday, 9 July 2005

Cameraphones and News


One of the interesting aspects of Thursday's terrible attacks on London was the way in which still and video images from cameraphones dominated the coverage. As reported in the Guardian today the BBC were using amateur coverage within 45 minutes of the explosions.

It's less than 4 years since the attacks of 9/11. Then we had phone calls from passengers and office workers, a luck TV crew on the street. Think what 9/11 would be like now, thousands of images caught from the street, images from above the fire-line on the towers, final video messages from the victims, maybe even images and video of the hijackers. The overall impact would undoubtably be more harrowing, more personal. Cameraphones bypass the journalists, bringing victims and viewers almost face to face.


***Imported from old blog***

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