A few weeks back, the New York Times wrote a ludicrous article about bloggers dying from, ya know, blogging. For a refresher, here’s a short quote from the piece:
To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.
Well, finally, an official rebuttal, thanks to CNN. Apparently, while 3 weeks ago, blogging could kill you, now, blogging can save your life:
James Karl Buck helped free himself from an Egyptian jail with a one-word blog post from his cell phone.
Buck, a graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was in Mahalla, Egypt, covering an anti-government protest when he and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested April 10.
On his way to the police station, Buck took out his cell phone and sent a message to his friends and contacts using the micro-blogging site Twitter.
The message only had one word. “Arrested.”
Within seconds, colleagues in the United States and his blogger-friends in Egypt — the same ones who had taught him the tool only a week earlier — were alerted that he was being held.
So, there ya go. Blog at home, and die of a heart attack. But, take that shit on the road, and it’s like a Get Out of Jail Free card. Glad to know that the bloggers, at least, will be safe at the Olympics this year. In all seriousness, we hope Buck’s translator, Mohammed Maree, is safe and sound, wherever he is.