Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan, the media & limits on time

In one of those posts that makes blogging so worthwhile, Don Arthur's Background on Japan’s stricken nuclear reactor — Fukushima Daiichi No 1 provides factual information that sets a context to the problems being faced at Japan's nuclear plants. The comments are worth reading too.

Like many, I have struggled a little to understand what has been going on, in part because of an apparent disconnect between the headlines - Nuclear Timebomb is one Australian example - and actual events on the ground. I think that we are just going to have to wait to see what the lessons are.

Both the Japanese and Libyan emergencies saw another step in the partial capture of the old media by the new - live blogging, twitter etc. The ABC's Japan Earthquake Live is a good example because it incorporates live blogging with feeds from other new media.

Personally, I don't generally have time to follow twitter. I tried it in the early days of the Libyan crisis, but found it unsatisfying.

This is going to be a busy week for me. The disruption caused by the combination of the move with my own disorganisation has actually become a serious problem.

   One of my problems is that there is a fair bit around at the moment that I want to comment on.

Posts like Saturday Morning Musings - Diamond, primary production & the environment or Professor Larkins & postgraduate students take a lot of time to write. I am never sure with these reflective posts. I feel that there is sometimes too much "me" or "I" in them. Then, I get a response that makes it all seem worthwhile.

In this case, an email from WittyKnitter, the inspiration for the Larkin post, asking if she could quote the post in her PhD thesis! That was nice, because I had consciously written the post with WK in mind! 

Still, and as I foreshadowed in Changes to Personal Reflections, this will be a week of short posts, just picking up stuff that I consider to be important.


Neil kindly cross-referenced this post in Japan’s catastrophe and the future of nuclear power. 

I have listened to the coverage today, including the second hydrogen explosion. Again, we have to wait and see what it all means. 

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