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Haiti earthquake coverage from Twitter and YouTube has revolutionized the media


Twitter's impact on the media reached a new level yesterday after the earthquake in Haiti. Haiti Earthquake

Thousands of updates poured in from the ravaged country, which lost most of it's power.  The reason why this was so important is due to the fact that there were no other real ways for the news to make it to the outside world.

Surely many questions will arise about Haiti's future after the devastating magnitutide 7.0 earthquake, which was the strongest in Haiti in over 200 years.

Had this happened a few years ago, the world wouldn't be able to see the horror that's taking place in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Twitter has reshaped media as we know it.  Now, the people can contribute to the media.  Gone are the days of people not being able to directly tell their stories.  We saw it in Iran during the atrocities this summer.  And, we're witinessing now. 

And, some of the footage popped up on YouTube from people's cellphones. Never before has individualist media from Twitter and YouTube played such a part in a tragic disaster on this scale.  Gone are the days when we're at the mercy of TV networks "choosing" to provide us with footage and accounts.

It's more important than ever that the world bear witness to the utter tragedy which took place in Haiti yesterday.  Only then can real change occur.

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