Denver Plane Crash, Instant News via Twitter

Loic is making a very good point, one that is becoming increasingly common as more people acquire mobile web access and have instantaneous broadcast capabilities with services like Twitter. There will be more of this but it doesn’t invalidate traditional media, it compliments it.

Funny I have just heard the official spokesperson of the Denver airport on CNN who was just saying “sorry I don’t know” or “sorry I can’t say” while we now have direct information from the sources themselves. Someone should interview Mike Wilson straight on Twitter while he is still there, one tweet at a time. I love the instant web.

[From Loic Le Meur Blog: Follow The Plane Crash From Twitter With Mike Wilson]

The news is not a zero sum game, just because we have something like twitter doesn’t invalidate all of the other sources. We simply have to find a way to normalize the data inflows and separate streams on qualitative factors. Where journalism kicks in is the reporting of facts beyond the immediate what happened, such as what type of plane and how many passengers involved, trauma reports, emergency personnel perspective, and regulatory agency comment.

What is definitely additive to the entire process is the unfiltered and unvarnished coverage provided by people who are actual participants. Never before has it been so common to have live video from someone there, or in this case, tweets from someone on the plane. The news is a whole new ballgame.

Curious About Benjamin Button?

The process through which modern movies are made is fascinating. Over and over we see essentially the same stories, quite literally if you consider the 7 basic movie plot themes, and yet we continue to want to see movies. The adaptions that explore the themes of man vs. himself and man vs. everything else are endless and as textured as life itself.

What I find so interesting though are the challenges that have to be overcome before that first scene is ever shot. The movie title The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is just that kind of movie.

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (who’s name has been in the news lately with The Great Gatsby moving forward as a new movie) in 1922, this movie endured six decades as a project before coming to life as a motion picture. Aside from the commitment of the producers who took on this challenge, this is also a story about how technology is making movies possible that might not have been so in years past, indeed this one sentence sums up that thought… Fitzgerald would never have imagined his story ending up on anything but a can of film in his day, much less the CGI that makes it possible to age one actor an entire lifetime in 148 days.

But on Nov. 6, 2006, the shoot at last got under way, and 148 days later, the images had been captured on a hard drive.

[From All about the ‘Benjamin’]