July 17, 2006

Blogs are the end of ham

Remember Ham Radio? Used to be, whenever there was a crisis - say, a hurricane, or a war - the ham radio operators would step in and provide an important source of up-to-date local information. Well, now it's the blogs (link via Instapundit). The difference being, of course, that no special expertise is required, and there are now at least 46 million of them! Used to be a fleet of geeks, now it's an Army of Davids!

Posted by David Boxenhorn at July 17, 2006 03:40 PM | TrackBacks
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True, to some extent... but that presupposes that Internet access is available in the area in question. That is certainly true in much of both Lebanon and Israel now but in a generalized disaster it may not always be the case; consider the Southeast United States immediately after Hurricane Katrina last year.

Also, keep in mind that the stronger force here is indeed making an effort NOT to take out infrastructure. If Israel really wanted to it could probably knock out every switching station, fat pipe, and cell tower in Lebanon -- and the Internet there would be silent. (Hezb. could try the same, but probably wouldn't be successful.)

The Internet is wonderful for what it is, but it's not a substitute for the "communication medium of last resort" that HAM radio can be when the network is down.

(from someone who's preparing to take his operator's test this year!)

Posted by: Japheth Cleaver at July 18, 2006 02:42 AM Permalink

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