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Ponderance Quoted in the LA Times!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Speaking of the interaction between citizen journalism and mainstream journalism, have a look at this quote from Robert Lee Hotz's "Camera Phone Catches Flasher in the Act" LA Times article...
When the stranger on the subway car unzipped his fly and started fondling himself, Thao Nguyen, 23, did what any woman confronted by a flasher might like to do. She took out her cellphone, snapped him in the act with its built-in camera, then posted the image online. The smirking fellow on the uptown R train with his hands in his lap was displayed in the digital pillory of a photo-sharing website called Flickr.com as "pervert081805." In this city of surveillance, where more than 5,000 video cameras monitor the mean streets, it was the perfect tale of tables turned, of public shaming in the Internet Age and the swift justice of the smart mob. The incident prompted blog commentaries from Spain to Australia and a splash of front-page tabloid outrage. By Thursday, within a week of the photo being posted, a suspect had been arrested and charged with four counts of lewd behavior. [...] Tama Leaver, who maintains a blog in Perth, Australia, called Ponderance, said, "In effect, in the so-called court of public opinion, the flasher was tried, found guilty, denounced and shamed, all without the normal mechanisms of the law having any substantial involvement. "If this becomes a trend, and a camera-phone-enabled trial-by-Flickr gains an odd sort of credibility, the potential to abuse such a system is virtually limitless."
... and you'll noticed a quote from me, in part from a quick email interview, and in part on the back of my 'Citizen Justice or Opening Pandora's Box?' post just over a week ago.


At 9/06/2005 04:03:00 pm, Blogger John Lynch said...


Although I wonder, does this say you're so good you could be publishing to a newspaper? Or does it say that the LA Times is so crappy it should just be a blog? :P

Just kidding, that's very cool

At 9/06/2005 05:47:00 pm, Anonymous flb said...

Nicely done...

At 9/08/2005 11:29:00 am, Blogger sussy said...

Oooh, go you!


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