When words fail
Vol. 2, No. 34,
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Vol. 2, No. 34 September 12, 2001
In This Issue:
1. Online resources for US news
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From the editor - When words fail
The persistent ringing of a phone early this morning alerted me to the news of America's tragedy overnight.
Throughout today I've monitored radio, TV and Internet to the point of saturation.
Each time I see the jet crashing into New York's World Trade Centre tower, the whole sickening event seems even more surreal.
The firsthand accounts and messages from everyday people, not journalists, on e-newsletters and discussion lists have hit home hardest.
With phone lines congested, email has carried reassuring words home to worried friends and relatives.
Although many major news web sites were initially overcome by traffic, the Internet gave ordinary people a way to vent their shock, anger and grief over this extraordinary event.
Message boards and chat rooms have allowed people from around the world to express their sympathy and to try to make sense of the senseless.
The greatest strength of the new medium is its ability to bring people together, to transcend time zones or national borders, to talk to each other, learn from each other and forge relationships, regardless of colour or creed.
We must harness the Internet's vast communication power to work as one united global village and send a clear message to terrorists - we will not tolerate your callous disregard for human life.
But, as American content creator Amy Gahran warns, we must choose our words carefully -
"Today's attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are simply beyond words - but words will undoubtedly play a huge role in what happens next. As will pictures, and sounds, and charts and graphs, and any kind of information that can be transmitted by any means - including the Internet. Today I've seen the mass media and the Internet at their best and worst."
To our American subscribers, friends, relatives and colleagues, please know that our thoughts are with you and your families.
1. Online resources
Free emergency email notification service
In Memory of the NY Terrorism Victims
Partial list of victims
Links to news sources, opinions and witness accounts
New Media Musings (a record of email bulletins sent out by CNN.com and the New York Times to subscribers)
Top news headlines
Free background content from LexisNexis
Current events message board and chat room
New York Times
Streaming audio and video news worldwide
* regular newsletter features have been omitted this week as a mark of respect
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