Playpen: start with curiosity, end with mayhem

Even now, Japanese tsunami footage can leave us open-mouthed.
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Even now, Japanese tsunami footage can leave us open-mouthed.

And this, slower but with somehow more dramatic depth.

If Metafilter is right, everyone in these images got out alive.

In a general discussion of public broadcasters and user-generated content at the INPUT conference in 2012, we explored a 2012 Japanese documentary about the tsunami. It explains some of the cultural factors behind the impulse to record, and the reasons for the fires.

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