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On April 15, 2013 there was a tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Almost instantly pictures and videos of "suspects" started to appear on the web. Was this a good thing? Do you have concerns?
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Be critical of any information
May 01, 2013 Ilona S
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I think that the mass involvement of the public via social media in the Boston bombing case has both positive and negative aspects. One the one hand, the rapid spread of news and sharing of ideas about possible suspects and motives, allows the public to stay connected and informed in a time of crisis. One example where social media was useful were the Twitter updates of the Boston PD, giving real time updates to Boston residents, and allowing to some extent transparency as to how the authorities were approaching this case. Informing the public reduces mass confusion and chaos. My concern in this situation is the witch hunt that resulted from speculation of who the suspects may be. This could be dangerous, especially if accusations are made on the basis of race and ethnicity, even if not consciously. When such an influx of information becomes available, it is important to be critical of anything we hear.


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