Okay, time for a full retraction of my earlier off-the-cuff opinion that professional video did a better job documenting the Japanese tsunami than amateur, user-generated content. Because this video
pretty much seals the deal. I won't spend too much time describing this amateur footage of the tsunami hitting the small port town of Kesennuma: suffice it to say, it is simple, incredible and awful, and must be seen to be believed. But I would like to make a couple observations about why it is superior to most other footage I have seen, and also why I think that matters.