Brad Renfro and history as it happens

The death of 25-year-old Brad Renfro was big news in KnoxVegas on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Two things struck me: how fast the Wikipedia entry was updated to reflect his death (very shortly after the story was broken TMZ.com) and how quickly videos appeared in YouTube.com

As the New York Times noted in July, in addition to being an encyclopedia, Wikipedia is doing breaking news, history as it happens.

While most of the celebrity and gossip news sties were regurgitating the same info, people were creating some pretty original content on YouTube.

And if you were looking for art of Renfro, flickr had much to offer.

Before is one of the tribute videos posted on YouTube.