Now the image I’m linking to here from the Flickr site, and the others in the sequence, aren’t earth-shaking. But they are the kinds of things that newspaper photographers feel fortunate to capture occasionally.
In this case, a man named David Newberger happened to be on the spot — in Tulsa on a business trip — when a commercial commuter plane was accidentally directed into a fuel truck. No explosion, thankfully, but a picture that speaks mini-volumes given the hassles that were sure to follow.
More and more, people are finding themselves on the spot in these situations, and they’re creating a public record of a kind. Most will never be “media” in the traditional, commercial sense. But it’s real media in its own right.