For news on Tibet, turn to Boing Boing

Internet news at its best.

By Farhad Manjoo
March 24, 2008 8:50PM (UTC)
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A Monday-morning shout-out: You'll find few better sources for news on the Tibetan uprising and China's crackdown than Web-culture blog Boing Boing.

To tamp down international criticism over its response to the protests, the Chinese government has suspended access to YouTube and other media Web sites and barred reporters from entering the region.


But when stories do fly out of Tibet, they inevitably find their way over to Boing Boing, which has been keeping constant vigil on the story. This post from last week, for instance, is a Web-journalism tour de force -- it presses links and quotes from a bounty of sources (amateurs, professionals) into a collective picture of the situation in Tibet.

Or, look at BB editor Xeni Jardin's video of Tibetan protestors in Los Angeles, intercut with scenes from inside the region. Five minutes on a story on Tibet? That's three minutes more than a network evening-news broadcast.

Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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