It’s a horrifying video. The stuff of nightmares. And oddly captivating. A hot air balloon filled with nearly two dozen people catches fire and plunges 1,000 feet to the ground, and the entire thing is caught on video.
An amazing number of people, all over the world, are walking around with video cameras in their pockets, capturing every moment of mundane life, and history.
We saw this recently with the comet explosion over Russia. It was one of the most documented moments in the history of astronomy, and all done by citizen journalists (with the help of their car-cams).
I’m not saying it’s a good thing that we can watch 19 people fall to their deaths. I am saying that it’s fascinating that the deaths of 19 random people will be witnessed by millions around the world in a way never before possible. And rather than find in it something prurient, I’d rather think it humanizing in even a small way that people across the globe can share in the horror of the death of a stranger.
The citizen documentation of life in our era, even in tragedy, is absolutely fascinating.
I googled around and found more about the crash via the Guardian in a quite detailed story.