Citizens of the World
This evening I was struck once again by just how much the Internet has impacted my day to day life. I posted a question on Face Book asking if anyone had heard from a friend living in London. With the spotty coverage of the rioting there being pushed to the side by the financial fiasco in the US and the loss of so many brave troopers in one incident in Afghanistan it’s hard to form a picture of the situation in London, even for a news junkie like me.
Within minutes another friend who lives in London posted a reply saying that most of the city is not in flames. This was a relief because the only footage I had seen up til then showed what appeared to be entire city blocks in flames and the talking heads saying that rioting that began in the north of the city had spread to the south. Next another friend posted links to local news sources in the UK which gave a much clearer picture of what is going on. Several others in the UK soon followed suit.
While I still don’t know if my friend is in an area affected by the rioting I am a little less apprehensive. She has a level head on her shoulders and I’m sure that she will take care and seek a safe place to shelter.
What I find fascinating is the ability of a network of friends who have never met face to face and only know each other through social networking sites to provide better information than network news services with billion dollar budgets and the very latest in technology. This isn’t the first time this has happened and frequently friends from all over the globe are involved.
Say what you will about Face Book, and I have my share of problems with their privacy practices myself, but once again my network of FB friends have come through when the major news services dropped the ball.