Embedded Journalism

Normally I don’t discuss anything politics related here. But I can’t help but have to mention this great blog by a photographer/journalist who had been embedded with the US Army in Mosul, Iraq since beginning of this year.

Go read his entries, most of them are long but well worth the time, and see the side of the story in Iraq that you won’t normally get from the mass US media.

I started reading this blog when someone in the office emailed me about a journalist who, when shot at, picked up the rifle and shot back. It was an griping post but what has kept me going back is the story of the war as seen from the ground and how much we are not told by the media. No surprise there.

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Arab responses

I wish main stream America news outlet reports more of how the Arab world reacts to yesterday London’s attack. CNN has one report, which is one more than the rest that I’ve searched (MSNBC, FOX, ABC).

Oh I forgot, balanced and objective journalism is part of the "liberal media conspiracy", right?

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Capacity

One of the victims of the cut throat nature of today’s internet business is server and bandwidth capacity. To minimise cost, most (if not all) internet companies tend to provide the least amount of server and bandwidth capacity while satisfying their customers. Very understandable strategy since neither of them are cheap to come by. But when major world event like today’s London bombing occurs, the lesser prepared companies falter.

TypePad hosted blogs seem to be marginally slower today, as is their management site. Blogger seems to be fine.

Technorati and Flickr are hit the hardest with neither of them serving any real content for most of the day. Technorati doesn’t return any search results, while Flickr is having a “massage” at the moment.

Of course, I am speaking purely from an average internet user point of view. I don’t have any empirical data to back up my claim but it is interesting nonetheless.

Update: BBC News has an article about increased usage.

London

Woke up to the news of the terrorist attack in London. Our TV has been on BBC America constantly and the TV footage are disturbingly spooky. It is because we watched a BBC drama “Dirty War” on BBC America this weekend. Although today’s attacks do not involve radioactive material, the scenes of fire service and ambulances from the real TV footage are almost straight out from the drama. And I hope the Met is more prepared in dealing with this attack than in the drama.

Whatever that may not be achieved in the G8 Summit at Gleneagle, at least the G8 leaders are trying to do something better for the world. What do bomb explosions killing innocent people, paralysing London transport system, and disrupting G8 meeting achieve?

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Wow, 16 years already

I was 13 when Tiananmen Square happened. No more need to be said.

And here is the CNN coverage. I am kind of surprise that they devote such a long piece to an event that has no major American interest.