Feb. 9, 1996: 24 Hours in Cyberspace

Photographers and journalists illustrate the power of online communication.
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Let's be honest about this for all the talk these days about cyberspace and Internet and world wide web's most of us still have a close personal electronic relationship with. Maybe or television and telephone and -- stereo. Even figuring out something like email -- more than they want to tackle. So when an international group of journalists and photographers computer freaks and engineers band together. The demonstrate how the communication revolution really is changing the world -- demonstrate how interconnected we've all become. And when they do it in ways we can understand. We figured we better be. It all happened yesterday information from every continent beaming instantaneously. Into 1 central point where it was recorded and catalog and marked. For eventual packaging into a CD-ROM and a book and whatever else they come up with. It is marketing and entertainment to be sure but he is also a remarkable spectacle. A small glimpse of the world being born when that resembles nothing we have ever seen before. ABC's Judy Muller was there to file her own record of the event. This -- story for. -- Washington DC army doctors at Walter Reed hospital examined images on the Internet. The diagnosis soldier with the dengue fever rash and Haiti. And another with a shrapnel wound to BI in Somalia. Yeah yeah. South Africa. Residents of Nelson Mandela township -- community computer that allows them to get to know people all over the world. Moscow -- cathedral is being restored based on archive information shared on the Internet. This photographer Jeremy Nichols is just 150. Photojournalist around the in tossed -- shares. They are documenting a single day on the Internet site using the Internet to transmit their work that's -- -- into my computer. That transmits and done phone line to -- -- on the Internet which is. Biggest summer in San Francisco. That somewhere is here inside a building on the San Francisco waterfront. This is mission control for the project known as -- -- for hours in cyberspace. Cyberspace is -- place between my computer in your computer something happens in between. And it so they that I think is turning to change society and very. Dramatic ways and that's what we're as -- -- photographers trying to capture. Over the next 24 hours this day dawns Cyprus racially speaking with images from Australia. -- because your first picture so. Okay. -- -- -- -- -- -- But taking in the photos is just the first step in a fairly complicated process. One aimed at creating an instant publication to be seen where else on the Internet. So after the traffic guys take it and then it comes over here and in what happens here this is actually the story pot itself. Each story -- handles a different category. -- copy to go with the photos. In this earthwatch pod for example copy editors working a story about Chinese and American students learning together via the Internet. About penguins in Antarctica. It is the first story ready for publication on the group's web site. Yet as the first thing -- -- a story that we've been looking out all night it's very exciting actually my work. In addition to the professional entries amateurs are encouraged to participate. Editors are bombarded with email from those eager to tell their stories about how the Internet has changed their lives but not just any old story -- what about. A romance. Somebody -- met somebody else on me is -- it's old hat his home course even cyberspace is becoming old hat to his generation. -- the Internet as a tool. It's a communications tool mind and its new inch pipes right now. But -- -- hundred years ago some telephone. And ten years ago it was you know the page your good. For the cellular phone or whatever the new technology might be. And in ten years -- twenty years from now we'll look back and say -- Internet. Maybe so but on this day the enthusiasm is pretty intense. Yeah. Karen Malarkey is one of the senior editors who helps make the final decision on what will be included in -- cyberspace publication. I didn't do it live. We now know if he does it all the time. But nobody's done it this way. With stories. And live audio. It happened and trying to get an audio and people are calling in giving interviews in the north -- from the Amazon or where ever and then we're -- -- making sound clips. First printed -- -- that without and then reissuing them weapon. -- -- -- -- -- Sound she's talking about his -- here emission controls audio room it's probably the most advanced digital publishing. Audio publishing plays in the world us our digital radio station they are interviewing and debriefing every photographer -- he -- she -- your photos in we're capturing that. How high up is that crane that you went up -- -- -- -- -- The interviews added dimension and ordinary magazine cannot give. A so often we see just the photographer's pictures. And this time were able to get in their own words what what did they do one photographer from Malaysia was attacked by by fire and it's. And the barge that he was on them almost sank in with the giant -- societies. Elephant. That audio information is then added to the final mix for the worldwide audience. You click on a little picture for an audio problems and then you listen to them. That's amazing it's pretty cool the television. An interlocutor -- -- here and radio and radio and newspaper at a newspaper. But it's a costly combination to pull off this event a number of sponsors donated millions of dollars in computers software and wiring. This is -- sort of the heart. Of the whole process is a million dollars worth of equipment that's never been -- together like this and as you can see it's still sort of looks like we just like it all together. This is a machine a Cisco machine that I'm is -- -- -- the city San Francisco and you're leaning against almost three quarters of million dollars of equipment. -- -- -- Given that investment security is tight but even security takes on -- new meaning in the cyberspace newsroom. This is where we're looking for hackers this is where we're looking for people who are trying to sneak in under the wire and bring -- off line. And if they do detective savage who work. Try to document that's because the worst thing that -- hates is to be caught so we can catch him and send them back a message saying we caught you they lost the game. But the day was relatively glitch free. The output was substantial and so was -- response as monitored on this map in mission control time. In Japan and southeast Asia this completely maxed out. Australia -- just just went crazy and some four million people around the world tuned in during a 24 hour period. Even so some of the veteran photo editors on the project and the process somewhat frustrated by the nature of the median. The resolution of the pictures is not what we would. Ideally one. In order to download these images that the resolution has to be less than we would like. The end result of this project will be -- CD-ROM and a book entitled 24 hours in cyberspace. The latest in a series of day in the life photography books. Which -- -- a question. Does the project amount to anything more than boldly going where no coffee table book has gone before. Photo editor Malarkey says yeah -- that the project is valuable because it provides a glimpse into the future is no different really didn't have. Skepticism people in radio ahead about television when it started. And so I see it as a sign of a monetary -- and an opportunity to have all -- place. To show their. Because American magazines that used to do great picture -- -- are smaller crimes mine number. I can't imagine a day when I won't want to hold the magazine in my hand but I can't imagine a day window. You can do both -- -- have been seen on. It uses the Internet for you getting your information -- -- current -- on resource. And she means fast throughout this day in cyberspace images poured in from all over the world from Malaysia to Moscow Iceland to India. It's hard to sleep I'll tell you it I was lying -- just wanted to get back and -- and I walked in -- -- amazing stories particularly this one from Africa this guy who. Flies through -- with an airplane. Missionary doctor guy and then -- freak me out because they -- came in here and realize that. They had been shot well I had been sleeping and then published and millions of people had seen them on the course of me being asleep for two hours is really exciting. And this -- that there's about five -- so many stories. So little time to serve them home.

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