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December 8, 2006

Every now and then it occurs to me how strange it is that we can get news of occurrences within moments of their happening. I’m watching breaking news right now, and I am simply stunned by how short the chain of communication is. Think: someone in the middle of an event picks up a cellphone and calls someone elsewhere on their cellphone. That person elsewhere passes the information on, and suddenly a situation that might have been known only to law enforcement is available to the public. The news providers start collecting this information, and transmitting it on the TV and on radio, and it gets passed back into the situation.

It’s just amazing.

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