They Were Accidental War Correspondents. War Arrived on Their Doorstep, and Each of Them Somehow Found the Courage to Meet It.

From a New York Times column by Lydia Polgreen headlined “If You Don’t Do Anything, You Feel Like a Criminal”:

We are living in the most thoroughly documented time in human existence. There are billions of us carrying cameras in our pockets, and the videos we make ricochet across the internet with astonishing ease: silly things, like dance moves and pratfalls, along with deadly serious things, like police officers murdering unarmed civilians or children choking on chemical weapons.

And yet we see through a glass darkly. We consume a stream of snippets, served to us chopped up and sometimes algorithmically curated, often stripped of context.