Headline of the year.
This gawker article is brilliant.
Never before has an event been so public. It used to be that names of victims were withheld until family members released them. Now, family members are identifying their wounded from photos that go viral within hours after an event. And then that becomes a scoop. Reddit and 4chan have their “own investigations” on the event. People weren’t just calling their loved ones to see if they were ok, they were tweeting it, they were posting it on tumblr, they were posting messages on Facebook for everyone to see.
And I can’t help but think that the events that are following today/tonight in Boston are a result of all this. Notoriety is being achieved easier than ever thanks to the mass proliferation of information. And its this kind of information that people consume quickly and readily. Suddenly, we all need to know what is happening, and the news organisations are just doing what they can to keep up, to keep feeding a machine that is feeding itself.
And that’s how the New York Post happens.