When earthquakes and tsunami’s hit –back away from your tv and turn to social media. You’ll get real live people with stories about hope, success, challenges and yes, deaths and tragies. You’ll get a better understanding of the big picture and not just the blood and tears that TV is apt to toss our way.
Blogs and microblogging (like Twitter) are close to the action and the true heart of the matter. In Hey From Japan, we learn about the earthquake and the preparations that surrounded it. Is my family ok? Do the phones work? Is my house safe to go into? The unfolding story is news. True news.
Sadly, TV dwells on the blood, guts and gore which tends to disconnect us from the living and breathing people and their stories on the other end.
TimeOutTokoyo has regular updates about blackout times, hospitals, radiation levels, evacuation radius, transportation and train schedules, and other concerns that remind us of the chaos they are living through.
This headline by Dave Ewing was found in a Tweet but not in a newspaper “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes. “ Mainstream media wants to talk about death tolls and injuires. Too bad for us!