Information overload?

Dec 4, 2010 Read more: Brattleboro Reformer
Friends and family are able to keep in touch with remarkable ease using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but first responders worry that the increased speed of communication could hinder their efforts during emergencies. Read more
Los Angeles Fire Dept

Simi Valley, CA

#1 Dec 4, 2010
While we're certainly in no position to second-guess Chief Goddard's assessment of his local situation, the situation in Los Angeles - and we believe much of North America, stands in stark contrast to his expressed belief that social media is problem.

It has been our long-standing experience that *agency use* and *participation* in social media actually eases any perceived burden, allowing community members to avoid rumor or conjecture, and in our experience avoid the scene that we need to swiftly and efficiently control.

If we were to substitute the word 'telephone' for social media and travel back a few decades, we would likely find equally unfounded but closely harbored beliefs. Like we now do the telephone, it is incumbent on public safety agencies across this great nation to embrace rather than vilify or dismiss social media as some passing fancy.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD News & Information blog (gasp!)
mike mulligan

Boston, MA

#2 Dec 5, 2010
I just think we are, this is what this is showing us, we are in a very poor media and news area. The news sources are too small and under resourced, no traditional local TV news, absolutely no competition, the bigger ones are over the horizen and everything is too far away...should the single determinant of news be what the ad revenues or circulation will swallow? Maybe we are of such a small population density it is not enough to carry real news.

I think there is a holy alliance between the local media sources and small town officialdom. It is a very inclusive club and we don't know what the agendas are. The new ends up being about what supports the local alliance...not about what the people really need to know.

Basically we should look at what small town culture in this part of New England. It is incestuous, everyone knows each other, nobody wants to trample on anyone's income, interest and survival. The prevailing environment is silent lips don't sink ships. Most of the people in the area who grew up here come from powerful clicks, groups and is survival tactic. You could live here 30 years and still not be considered a insider...they are pleasant to you, but you are not one of them.

I just think the big cities, and certainly the internet and Facebook metropolitan children have faced this problem decades ago. The results is let it all hang prepared for the media onslaught if the spot light comes to you. The officialdom, the police and state police, and the emergency personal...they are twenty years behind the times. They are all living in the stone age of communication interconnectability. They are teaching their children and young employees to adapt to the stone age, life without even being challenge by real news, us oldsters are happy here...lets stop the metropolitans disease in it tracks.

Everyone buys news for the phoney happyland altruism, christmas stocking or meals for the poor that helps no one...nobody wants to be challenged by the news real life and the complexity of life around us. News as an excuse to hide from the world, not news that rattles our cages and ask us to look at the real world, and if it bothers you change it.

Right, most of our kid are fleeing us...
mike mulligan

Boston, MA

#3 Dec 5, 2010
Right, the absolute ridiculousness of it, somehow having emergency worker, town official or police officer notifying you in person that your child has been senselessly killed in a car crash. How could anyone make that notification better or worst.

The outright arrogance of these officials and news agencies to think there is a way to make these tragic events better for you...

Who the hell do they think they are?
mike mulligan

Boston, MA

#4 Dec 5, 2010
Besides, what kind of crazy world is it, you spend all your effort towards the right way of notifying the parents their kid is dead, when you should be spending your effort into making the world better and preventing the accident before it happened.

Didn't you people get it, you can't make it feel any better once your kid is dead. To say there is a way to make it feel better is cruel and it makes little the value of the life that was lost. For your own sake, for our sakes, that death better rip your world apart.

What a backward world we live it.

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