The last 9 days of the Japanese disaster has actually, finally, shown what the Net is for. And this is only the start.
Not only did people get texts and tweets that arrived 30 secs before the earthquake (in Tokyo) to give them enough time to move out, but since then, the reality of the situation on the ground has put mainstream journalism under a serious microscope.
The number of stories that show how connectivity has allowed people to re-connect with lost friends, families etc is heart warming. We know that over 5000 NTT base stations are out of action, but people can still communicate from Japan. And are. I’ve followed so many people in the last few days I would never have found otherwise.
There are silver linings to every cloud.