God Bless Newtown, Connecticut.
December 14, 2012 2:17 PM   Subscribe

With the Internet and social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) connecting us worldwide we live in an era of 'instant communication.' As such, when national, or international, tragedies occur, we all become witnesses to the contemporaneous reporting of unfolding events. The tragedy of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this morning provides an example of how citizens and professional journalists seek to suss out the details of such a tragedy, sifting through details and rumors, as they happen -- often communicating with friends, family and online cohorts. At the heart of the 'ebb-and-flow' reporting of this terrible event is the fact that the media wrongly identified the brother of the shooter as the culprit for many hours: Connecticut Massacre Suspect: How Did The Media ID The Wrong Guy?
posted by ericb (1 comment total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Hey, we've got two other threads touching on this up right now. This is an interesting side issue, but maybe hold off for a day or two until the main topics have sorted themselves out a little more and/or post this stuff in the main threads? -- restless_nomad

How? By being FRIST!!! instead of accurate.
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:19 PM on December 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

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