Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Hindu : Bloggers rise to the occasion : ABC News - Person of the Year

The Hindu : Front Page : Bloggers rise to the occasion: "CHENNAI, DEC. 31. When ABC News decided to knight the blogging community as the `Person of the Year,' they had just witnessed the overwhelming performance of the group to secure relief for victims of the tsunami. And contributing in no mean measure were the bloggers of Tamil Nadu and in particular, Chennai.

Be it information on the latest death toll, names of missing persons, aid agencies, which are accepting funds or links to various sites which provided constantly updated news about relief and rescue missions, the bloggers had it all. Information about the tsunami came up almost immediately after the seismic waves hit the shores, simultaneously as news broke over news channels.

In the report, the ABC News correspondent has credited bloggers with a readily apparent influence. 'Dozens of bloggers have been filing firsthand reports from the areas devastated by South Asia's deadly tsunamis... 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.' "

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