The Revolution Will Be Televised
Of Thailand’s coup, Search Engine Journal’s Loren Baker observed: “Two years ago this would not have turned many heads in the online community, but now is the age of citizenship journalism. . . . Included in the coverage are some citizen video journalists documenting the Thai constitutional cycle as it turns, and sharing their footage on YouTube.”
I don’t know if I agree. Certainly citizen journalism has accelerates the news cycle and expanded the options within it, but I don’t know that a coup, however peaceful and bloodless, would have failed to “turn heads”, journalistically. The increase in video means more are or at least can be emotionally connected to events and people groups that previously would have seemed academic. The medium really is the message. But after the brief amusement value has worn off, what of lasting benefit will more footage, more clips on YouTube and GoogleVideo and other such sites mean? We should beware of hype.
Related, Global Voices Online is tracking several Thai-based bloggers who are live blogging the coup. This really is significant, giving us a connection, an information pipeline into the heart of the event, of the change, much like Salam Pax and the Iraqi war bloggers did for us during the invasion.