No matter how many huge news stories have broken in the age of twitter/facebook, it is still really weird to witness big news events unfolding in real-time via those two social networks, and further, watching how the old media reacts to the new, adding a mirrored surface to the echo chamber we already reside in after the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle a couple decades ago.
A couple interesting examples after the jump:
Blogger Matt Welch began compiling a list of experts/pundits who, without much in the way of information on the now in-custody shooter, James Holmes, eagerly offered up their opinions as to his motivation. A few choice quotes:
teenage psychopaths get inspired by [video games] and want to make it real.
—-Pat Brown, profiler, appearing on CNN.
one private investigator has said that Holmes may have been part of Occupy Wall Street's most violent faction Occupy Black Bloc.
—-The Daily Mail
We don't know enough about him to be sure, but my guess is he's kind of like a bullied youngster who feels humiliated and ignored and decides he can be important by taking many lives, so he becomes a big-shot celebrity
—-Jack Levin, Northeastern University Criminologist, to the Boston Herald
This link goes to Welch's blog, where he unfortunately indulges the opportunity to come up with a nickname for the shooter, as if the story needs any further sensationalizing. The major media isn't done reaching out to people who maybe shouldn't be weighing in on this shooting just yet, according to this tweet from film blogger Harry Knowles of Aint It Cool News:
Of course, some aren't even waiting for media to contact them. Nikki Finke of DeadlineHollywood, a well-known Hollywood news site, loudly inserted herself into the fray as a central character by claiming the trailer for Gangster Squad, featuring a scene of gangsters unloading tommy guns into a crowded theater, was pulled from prints of The Dark Knight Rises due to her complaining to Warner Brothers. After making a couple morally grandstanding statements, Finke then put up this poll
- screencap taken by @EvanDickson on twitter
I can't source the following image back to its creator just yet, but someone has already fashioned together a logo for people to share and post on their twitter/facebook wall to express sympathy for those affected by the shooting, a logo that incorporates imagery from The Dark Knight Rises marketing campaign.
This logo manages to directly tie the film to the shooting, a move Warner Brothers (and film bloggers) are hoping isn't repeated. Warner's has already canceled the Paris premiere of the film, and according to The Wrap, are also discussing the possibility of canceling screenings everywhere for the remainder of opening day.
The hope of divorcing the content of Nolan's movies from the motivations of the shooter took a big hit when ABC News tweeted this.
More to come, I'm sure, as we all tug and pull on the information as it comes in post-interrogation and investigation of Holmes.