First spotted on Myrick.

First spotted on Myrick.

People of the Year: Bloggers

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Internet Phenomenon Provides Unique Insight Into People’s Thoughts

Dec. 30, 2004 – A blog — short for “web log” — is an online personal journal that covers topics ranging from daily life to technology to culture to the arts. Blogs have made such an impact this year that Merriam-Webster named it the word of the year.

“There’s a blog for every niche. There’s a blog for every interest,” said technology writer Xeni Jardin, who co-edits the blog boingboing.net.

Dylan Verdi, an 11-year-old known as the world’s youngest videoblogger, says she covers “things that I’ve seen that I like or that I’ve heard of, or just anything that happened to me that day that I’m thinking.”

There are millions of blogs on the Internet — a new one is created every seven-and-a-half seconds. More than 10,000 new additions are added to the “blogosphere” each day.

Firsthand Reporting on Asian Tsunami Catastrophes

This week, their influence has become readily apparent. Dozens of bloggers have been filing firsthand reports from the areas devastated by southern Asia’s deadly tsunamis.

“There is kind of an immediacy that people can relate to — can’t help but relate to that in a very intimate way,” said Jardin.

“Day three,” one blogger writes from the scene, “this may be an unexpected challenge and responsibility, and it hurts to see people in pain. But it’s also a remarkable experience to be on hand to do something modest, but useful, in the aftermath of a disaster.”

Bloggers around the world have made themselves useful, encouraging donations to relief groups, posting the names of the missing, and expressing sympathy for the victims.

Expanding Political Coverage

As a driving force in politics this year, bloggers covered the 2004 presidential campaigns and election. Political candidates also used them as valuable campaign tools.

“The Internet taught us, rather than the other way around,” said former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.

This year, for the first time, bloggers were permitted to cover the national political conventions firsthand.

Bloggers have taken the lead over traditional media on a number of stories, including racist remarks made by then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., at former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s birthday party.

“Suddenly the mainstream media, the nightly news, on all three networks and on cable, picked up the story and the papers picked up the story and the next thing you know, Trent Lott’s resigning and gone,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who masterminded Dean’s groundbreaking online campaign efforts.

Some of the most compelling images of 2004 found their way to blogs first, from the Florida hurricanes to the war in Iraq. It was a blogger who got the first photographs of coffins carrying U.S. soldiers arriving in the United States from Iraq.

But for Verdi, it is the simple pleasure of knowing that someone is listening that makes blogging worthwhile.

“On my blog it allows people to post comments, and I have gotten comment upon comment upon comment,” she said. “It makes me feel really good that somebody else cares about what I have to say.”

ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas filed this report for “World News Tonight.”

Copyright © 2004 ABC News Internet Ventures

Seen her in Phuket?

Caroline Chan Fong Chee from Singapore is missing in Phuket. Mr Trevor Chan posted her picture and her description on a new Missing Persons Bulletin launched by The Phuket Gazette Online. People concerned about the fate of someone known to have been in southern Thailand on the day of the tsunami catastrophe are welcome to post a message, and, if possible, a photograph of the person who is missing. The bulletin so far contains 209 missing people as of 1.11pm today. All missing-persons messages will be published widely and without charge said the newspaper. They will be indexed to the Gazette Online home page and be copied by email to as many local area (Phuket, Phang-nga and Krabi) hospitals as possible. TODAYonline reports that as many 300 Singaporeans are still uncontactable in Phuket. It added that some worried Singaporeans flew to Phuket looking for their loved ones.

From the non-infringer of copyright izreloaded.

Singapore Donation Centres

Tisarana Buddhist Association at 90 Duku Rd (off still road) Tel: 63456741

Items: Medicine, first aid items, sanitary pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, tin food, dry food and CLEAN (new if possible) blankets, towels and clothes.

Please pack them in bags or boxes and lable them separately, eg… Food, Blankets, Medicine, Clothes to be seperated and labeled MALE, FEMALE and CHILDREN. Boxes are preferred but please do NOT seal.

19 Dalhousie Lane ( jus behind Tekka Mall )

Collection of essentials ie …. foods, clothes, blankets, towels …. any day before next Wednesday for Sri Lankan victims.

Old Parliament Lane #01-02 , Parliament Lane,

Olivia – Tel: 81131770

Donations of canned food, blankets and clothings.

Donations of Cash: Brahm Education Centre

Cash donations are collected at Brahm Education Centre. Cheques are to be made payable to “Brahm Education Centre Ltd”.

Cash or cheque are to be sent to Brahm Education Centre, 9 Lor 29 Geylang #04-02 Singapore 388065. Please indicate “suffering relief program” on the back of the cheque.

Receipts of items purchased for the victims with the cash donations will be collated and accounts on how the funds are dispensed will be available for inspection at the end of the projecct.

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The Tsunami Help Blog

The Tsunami Help Blog was started yesterday, offering information on where donations can be directed and information on the disaster.



Rajan
, Jeff Ooi, Nitin Pai and 2Bangkok are offering the best regional coverage. IZ Reloaded has linked to a chilling tourist video of a wave hitting Phuket.

Information on donating to the Singapore Red Cross can be found here. The Canadian Red Cross accepts on-line donations here.

The American Red Cross is making an appeal here and the International Foundation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent is accepting donations here.

tsunamihelp

http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com/

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