Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99
Topics

James MacArthur

Citizen journalism and the webcast of a police standoff in Baltimore

Citizen journalism and the webcast of a police standoff in Baltimore

After spending Saturday night listening to and writing about a Baltimore blogger who webcast and tweeted throughout a five-hour standoff with a police S.W.A.T. unit, I promised myself at least 24 hours to try and coherently think through the meaning of the event. Beyond the things I said Saturday night about the webcast and Twitter conversation being two more great examples of the way the Internet and social media continue to change so many aspects of American life, there are a couple of other media takeaways that stay with me and are worth thinking about. First, this is what citizen journalism really looks like on the ground. The blogger webcasting in the dark from his Baltimore...

Loading

82°