Check out this link from a person who lives in Sri Lanka, recounting his experience with the tsunami.
"I was also reminded of what Bernard Kouchner, former French health minister and first UN governor of Kosovo, once said: 'Where there is no camera, there is no humanitarian intervention.' Indeed, how many of the millions of men and women who donated generously for disaster relief would have done so if they had merely read about it in the newspapers?
--Arthur C. Clarke
This makes me think about video blogging which is coming on very strong and will change the face of work and life in the next ten years in a big way. The recent VloggerCon, a conference on video blogging is worth a look.
Make sure to read the entire link, especially what he says about asteroids and a fictional story he wrote that described an asteroid destroying Northern Italy on a date he picked at random, September 11, 2077.