Inside Breaking News: A look at how we confirm stories in real time

NOTE:  The specifics in this story are from several months ago.  I found this story and posted the link to tumblr in April 2013 and parts it were out-dated then.  However, I’m fascinated with Citizen Journalism, though news organizations, such as Breaking News and others, need to take care and confirm information from Social Media before re-publishing it, especially when it’s re-published under their banner.


In the early stages of breaking news, there’s often a tremendous amount of conflicting information. Take this afternoon’s shooting at a psychiatric clinic in Pittsburgh as a prime example. For well over an hour, victim counts varied, and rumors of a second gunman and hostages dominated Twitter…

Fighting the “telephone” effect of Social Media and news.  (Note the specifics are from several months ago).

Inside Breaking News: A look at how we confirm stories in real time

Overall Humanity is good

True — and this is what sets Doctor Who apart from all other SF.  At the end of the day, all other TV SF, no matter how good, frequently has hopeful, optimistic, enthusiastic characters becoming cynical or depressed or simply pushed into corners to do terrible things.

IRL – don’t we have to  believe the whole is better than the sum of its parts?  If not just where are we heading?

You Are Not Alone


Powerful and so very true.

I love this quote.  Excellent positive thoughts.

Sassy Batman


Sassy Batman is sassy……

I love it!  And yeah, I read that in Kevin Conroy’s voice.

Imp – a SIM card that Connects any Device to the Internet


Bringing new Internet-connected devices to the masses just got easier thanks to a new partnership between Electric Imp and the inventor community Quirky.

Electric Imp will act as the cloud-connected backbone for Wink: Instantly Connected, a line of products created through Quirky’s new partnership with GE, allowing new products to talk to the Internet, third party data services, mobile devices, and one another.

“Electric Imp and Quirky share a vision of democratizing invention, giving innovators of any technical level the same kind of tools that huge corporations can,” Electric Imp co-founder Kevin Fox told Wired.

Electric Imp is the maker of the Imp card, a SIM-like wafer of plastic that houses an M3 processor and WiFi antenna. The card can be installed in any electronic device, making just about anything internet connected in a snap. If you tried to create your own WiFi connected solution for a product, Fox said the process, which includes writing custom firmware, a wireless client to communicate with servers, and a backend for managing these communications, would take about a year. This relationship between Electric Imp and Quirky will be ongoing and collaborative, Fox said. Electric Imp will be involved in the vetting process for what products will be created from this program. Products created through the Quirky and GE partnership will be on the market by holiday 2013, in stores such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon. (via Quirky Partnership Democratizes the Invention of Internet-Connected Devices | Gadget Lab |

Wow – I can see both good and bad implications for this one.