Via SciAn's Selva: The Webby Awards are out. Usually, these awards are meant for "honoring excellence in web design, creativity, usability and functionality"; but this, the 10th, year, the awards recognize the 10 great web moments that "changed the world".
In addition to the usual "internet boom and bust", the role played by bloggers and others using the net during the Asian Tsunami is also recognized as a 'web moment'. This is what the Webby Awards said about the Asian Tsunami:
Citizens Journalists Are the First on the Scene to Document the Tsunami
With news agencies racing to reach the hardest hit areas, the first accounts of the disaster were largely provided by ordinary people armed only with digital cameras and internet access. The 7/7 London terror attacks and Hurricane Katrina, further spurred the ascension of "citizen journalism" which can sometimes be more immediate, passionate, and illuminating than professional reporting.