Skip to comments.A Wealth of Information Online (New York Times Ignores FR, As Usual)
Posted on 02/03/2003 11:50:52 AM PST by Timesink
nce again, the Internet has proved to be an invaluable news source in time of disaster. But yesterday's events showed something else about the power of the Net.
Not only does it give people access to the news and to one another but it also gives them vast amounts of information and the ability to synthesize and disseminate it.
That was nowhere more clear than on the high-tech community known as Slashdot, at www.slashdot.org, where members posted more than 1,100 messages by 5 p.m. that included links to NASA pages, first-person accounts of hearing or seeing the breakup, the text of Ronald Reagan's 1986 elegy to the Challenger astronauts, arguments over the future of space travel, and the usual exchanges of insults that crop up in any online discussion.
Within hours of the disaster, a technology consultant, Don Drake, had gone to the radar Web site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, downloaded images of the orange debris trail across East Texas and combined them into an animated image, moving every few seconds at www.dondrake.com /archives/000112.html.
A message from Mr. Drake appeared on a respected online news source, David J. Farber's list, at www.interesting-people.org /archives/interesting-people.
"There was no way to do it not that many years ago," Mr. Farber said in a telephone interview. And speaking of the radar images provided by Mr. Drake, he added:
"It turns out it's not something that the conventional media does very well. It does not have the variety of technical talent that pulls it all together. The online world is like having, to use the vocabulary of journalism, "thousands of stringers out there."
One person who learned about the shuttle disaster from Mr. Farber's list is Mike Godwin, senior technology counsel with Public Knowledge, a high-tech policy and advocacy group in Washington.
"Reading through the postings in order, you could see the story develop," Mr. Godwin said in an exchange of instant messages. "As has been the case for most news stories in the last few years, I learn about them first on the Net."
It started at 9:45AM EST...
This might explain the lack of mention of FR from the NYT. Can't get no respect...
So this shows that the NYT does not really report the news by any objective criteria, just a politically biased mask of selected facts related to the news. (As if one did not already know.)