Show Notes - The Hot Zone and Chelsea
It's hard not to be struck by the power of the writing in the blog of our first guest Ramzi as he describes the peculiarity of life as normal in a Beruit bar, on the 17th day of the bombing:
"The bartenders were decorated with "No War" stickers and handed them out to the patrons. A group of foreign expats walked in halfway through the evening. This would have been normal 2 weeks ago, but now everyone turned around and stared. TV crew? Relief workers? 10 minutes later they were already in conversation with a group of Lebanese singles, and you hardly noticed they were there anymore"
Kevin Sites is an award winning professional reporter. But his efforts to document a year of conflict around the world for Yahoo on In the Hot Zone shows how news on the web can transform journalism. Seeing his reports from one conflict after another collated in one place has a powerful impact on the reader that's very different from the 5 minute instant hit in a TV bulletin.
Many have called the conflict in Lebanon a proxy war and Iran is certainly one of those nations with a stake in the conflict. Manchester based Iranian blogger Shahram of Scaniraniac gave us a sense of how Iranians around the world viewed the war. In the blogs at least there's a great diversity of opinion about the actions of the current Iranian regime, Israel and Hizbollah
Chelsea visit Los Angeles and Nikki of the LA based soccer podcast The Treble told us how the footy stars were received in Hollywood.
Lastly blogger Robin Hamman of Cybersoc and the BBC reported from the launch party for a new Web 2.0 company E-tribes. Poor old Robin had to spend the hottest day of the year on the 34th floor of the BT Tower at the glitzy media launch. Oh the humanity.