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A massive fire broke out this morning on Queen Street West.

Fire on Queen West

I initially found out about the fire on a friend’s Facebook status update. The above photo came from BlogTO, one of my primary resources for news on my city. The Star’s website even refers its readers to Flickr for more coverage of the fire. Our friends and neighbours were able to supply us with first-hand accounts, photos and video that traditional channels were unable to.

Social networking sites are becoming the “go to” sources for breaking news. I remember a time when I would have to watch the evening news to know what was happening. Now we know about it minutes after it happens. Is this a good thing? I think it is. Information is always good to have; nowadays, you just get it sooner.

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February 20, 2008 - Posted by | Why the world is going to hell in a handbasket | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. In reading your recent blogs (and tying it into this posting) I believe you are correct in the fact that blogging is becoming the “breaking news” beacon for anyone wanting to be kept abreast of what’s going on here, across the country or around the world.

    When you see traditional journalists vying for readers on the “Interweb” in record numbers you just gotta see the street cred going through the roof. It’ll be interesting to see what next story will break on the ‘net before it hits the 6:00 news.

    Comment by Andy Donovan | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. What will also be interesting in seeing how traditional media will spin the story to fit their bias.

    Comment by bonsmots | February 26, 2008 | Reply


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