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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tweeting The Massacre

Posted by Matt Davis on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM

So here's an odd combination of Twitter posts:


Thanks to erstwhile Mercury freelancer Kiala Kazebee for the link. The author appears to be an insider at Fort Hood in Texas, where twelve are dead and 31 wounded in a shooting spree so far this afternoon.

Nice reasoned reaction from Business Insider:

There are unconfirmed reports that Major Hasan was a convert to Islam and originally from Virginia. He was reportedly scheduled to deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan and was unhappy about it.

It goes without saying that the fact that the shooter was a Muslim will turn this into a gigantic story.

Stepping back for a moment from the horror of the incident, and it is horrible, and I'm horrified...this reminds me of the Footnotes of Madmen post this week, that talked about how 500 people first heard about the Kennedy Assassination: 136 people heard the news face to face, 97 from the radio, 72 from the tv, 37 over the telephone. In this case, I first heard about the massacre from a Twitter feed by "Misstearah." Her perspective is hardly CNN, either:

I know this wins the prize for most morbid/sickest Twitter story of the month, but it's striking to me, so I thought I'd take note.


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