Here's the thing. A landrover skids on an isolated rural road, hits a wooden pole, flips and lands on its roof.
It happens. But to follow the drama live from several different angles is not so usual.
It starts with a tweet:
just talking to @documentally as he hit a patch of black white and did some scooby doo wowza sounds as he missed a metal post by cm's :)
A minute later:
christ! - now christian has put his landrover on it's roof in a gulley!!! - he's unhurt thank good, sending him aa details to mobile..
then a flurry of tweets between friends locating exactly where the accident happened, how the guy is and what help he needs.
Then comes the video.
This is live from the accident streamed over 3g on the N95 to seesmic.
This sparks off a flurry of (inter)activity with medical advice and engineering help.
This is ongoing as I write.
Interactive public broadcasting from mobile phones is a fact. The structures are in place.
And yet good phones are not seen as a necessary journalistic tool by almost any of our news organizations.
While we play catch up to yesterdays technology the new players are once again the public and they are just streaming ahead.
Why will they need us (traditional news media)?
Answers on a streaming vid please.