Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A couple of observations

For the most part, I've sat in stunned silence at the utter devastation that has occurred in the tri-state region.  This will be a post of many of the best photos that made their way onto twitter and that brings me to a second point.

The value of twitter is unbelievable in a time of crisis.  Real-time information is unbelievably powerful.  By watching the twitter stream I knew that my brother's street was nearly flooded in Massachusetts and that there was an arcing wire at the end of my sister-in-law's street in NJ.  I also had all of the big stories - the crane, the ConEd explosion, the flooding of the different tunnels, etc., roughly 20-30 minutes in front of the traditional media outlets.  The downside is that there is no editorial filter so when a GOP operative went off the deep end last night and started posting some irresponsible rumors they are often retweeted before anyone can verify the information.

Within 5 years someone will have a twitter-like news channel that will replace CNN/Fox/MSNBC/Drudge as the future of news. My bet is on Henry Blodgett to take on the role as the Ted Turner of the next generation. You heard it hear first....

Enjoy the electricity and heat flowing through your home!

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