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I just found this piece, a great great piece, on photographers covering stories in conflict zones, most notably and recently, Libya, Syria, and Egypt.  The story is about Guy Martin, whom the New York Times calls “an emerging photojournalist,” and his life as a photojournalists who always found a way to be in the middle of the action. The piece includes details given to the Times by close friends. Martin was recently injured in the attack that killed Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, as well as injuring Michael Christopher Brown. Due to his injuries sustained in the attack, Martin had to undergo extensive  surgery.

Click the link above to read the entire piece and to see Martin’s work in Libya, among other countries.


Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

Mark Zuckerberg is a busy, busy man. He is currently running a social networking site that is not only helping people all over the world stay connected, but it is also toppling governments without even trying. Facebook had its hand in riling citizens up to protest AND bring down the governments of Egypt and Tunisia. Wael Ghonim used the site to gain support for protests against former President Hosni Mubarak.

What gets me thinking, though, is why haven’t Facebook officials said anything about their role? According to this New York Times article, those Facebook officials are worried that government around the world will begin to crack down on the popular site, denying access to those who try and sign on.

This fear is understandable yet Zuckerberg has to face the facts that Facebook is no longer just a social networking tool. He also must realize that he is going to have to make a statement on the recent acts. The world is waiting.

This blog post caught my eye on today’s mediabistro morning feed. We’ve been talking a lot about Al Jazeera in class lately, piquing my interest-and apparently the rest of the english worlds’ too.

Al Jazeera used Charterbeat to measure its online activity on Friday, the day when President Mubarak annouced he was resigning. Results showed that online activity peaked at 50,000 right before noon time ET.

That number is staggering yet it isn’t the higest amount of traffic that Al-Jazeera received that day. Later reports show that the number was as high as 200,000; which is just shy of the population of Montgomery, AL. 

To me, this is great news. I’m glad the population of the United States is finally taking interest in Al-Jazeera,who gives a different perspective on world news. If I were CNN though, I’d watch my back.