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Friday, 22 November 2013


hi from ABC News. Can you DM me with any information on the scene? Stay safe. Thanks.

There's something happening at Los Angeles Airport.  There's been a shooting, people have been told to get down, others are being kept out of Terminal 4.  Or, there's been a car crash, citizens are self-evacuating.  Nobody really seems to have any clue what's going on.

I know this thanks to Twitter.  Reporters are going to Twitter to connect with people on the ground, citizen journalists who have become our front line for information sharing.  There's an amazing picture on Twitter now of the terminal, people on the floor, one woman poking her head up to take a picture on her smart phone.

This isn't how it used to be.  People used to get information from authorities - it wasn't always accurate, but it was consistent (ideally) and provided comfort (occasionally).  There's real-time updates, but is there comfort in citizen journalism?  Either way, mainstream institutions have not adapted to this change yet, not by a long shot.

There seem to have been a lot of shootings of late, a lot of overreactions, too much confusion from which there is no release.  There  Lots of anger boiling over, lots of unsustainable tension rising, jobs being lost, populists gaining ground and faith in public institutions being lost.

This is the burning platform.

But at the same time, Corporate Social Responsibility, Open Government and grassroots groups are organizing and becoming progressively louder.

Consciously or not, the revolution has already begun.

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