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Saturday, April 12, 2008 

'Citizen journalists' Often There First To Snap Photos

Technology is clearly in the hands of the people. As a result, individuals who happen to be at the right place at the right time are capturing images that now reverberate around the world. Rodney King's beating by L.A. police was one of the first examples I recall of a citizen recording an event that officials would rather had NOT been captured. Since that time, a number of police forces have had to deal with unsavory images of police brutality being made public.

The death of Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the RCMP in the Vancouver airport has brought into question both police tactics and the use of tasers in general by Canadian police forces. At some point, abusive police officers will realize that the internet and citizen journalists have changed the rules of the game!

"The Tibet story is an especially powerful example of the influence digital photography has literally put into the hands of citizens. Citizen journalism showed its muscle during the Southeast Asian tsunami in the winter of 2004, when tourists armed with video cameras, digital still cameras and cellphones captured the first images of terrifying tidal waves ripping apart their idyllic vacation spots. World news was driven and nations mobilized by those amateur images. For mainstream news media, traditionally mistrustful of any material produced by non-professionals, it was a pivotal event."
Chris Cobb, Canwest News Service

It's rather telling that the article comes from CanWest. They have a special way of treating news and butchering it. Moreover, they work opinion into their news reports.

If more citizens worked together, they could issue better news and information than CanWest.

Time to get started and show CanWest the door.

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