While claiming not to retweet most of what he finds, because of its questionable provenance, he nevertheless tweeted a rather broad range of bollocks. There was news of a mysterious purple van that does not seem actually have existed. Then there was, suddenly, a second shooter theory that got Carvin's attention. And the gunman's brother found dead. And two bodies at the mother's house. And he piled on to the fake letter moment - retweeting reports about a letter supposedly written by a child from inside the school.Will people wait for a correct story when news is breaking? "No," Jeff Jarvis says.
While the guise is to retweet in order to verify, the effect is to propagate.
It mattered a lot on Friday, and would have helped spare a lot of injurious speculation if it had been practiced by more journalists and news organizations.I would advocate for another journalistic mission: Let us catch our breath and give us a chance to comprehend what we're being told. Just give us a moment.
During real-time news events, quality sources of information are sometimes characterized by what they aren't reporting. They are the ones holding back while others rush ahead. The ones sticking to a verification process and not being swayed by speculation or a desire for traffic and attention.
On the day of the big show, Addyson and her family were escorted to a special suite. All the family members wore T-shirts that said "Team Addy" on the back and "Cancer isn't contagious but a fighting spirit is" on the front. Described by her family as a happy, strong-willed and loving little girl, Addyson was a little apprehensive at first about her new surroundings -- particularly a news photographer's big camera. But when Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped by the suite for a visit, the fearfulness soon dissolved into excitement.Follow the link for some sweet images.
Lissek suspects that some apocalyptic believers find the idea that the end is night to be validating. Individuals with a history of traumatic experiences, for example, may be fatalistic. For these people, finding a group of like-minded fatalists is reassuring. There may also be comfort in being able to attribute doom to some larger cosmic order--such as an ancient Mayan prophecy. This kind of mythology removes any sense of individual responsibility.
4) The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has got this all wrong. They made the exception for the female player to play on a boy's team, a decision that has worked out well for all involved, it seems. Allow her to to make the decision. If they really want good female players, ask Shelby if she would volunteer some time with the female team to show them some of her skills -- and keep track of this young lady after she graduates -- she might just make a good hockey coach -- for either team.
I don't think she should be able to play on the boys team. Part of being on a team is sacrafice and helping others. It shouldn't be all about her. When I played hockey I learned so much from the other players that had previously been on boys teams. It made us all better players.
//Ryan Larson has returned to his apartment.
Assuming Ryan Larson did not do this (and I think that's what we should be assuming at this point) the trashing of his home is nothing short of police bullying. I know they need to search thoroughly, but there ought to be some responsibility to clean up after themselves. If you make a mess, you clean it up. I'm sure the cops mom's taught them that.
I live in what was Mary Ramsey's home. I sure wish it looked like The Alexander Ramsey House, but my yard might be the prettiest city yard when it snows.
// Social media has come under criticism for reporting incorrect information in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
As has/should the dominant corporate media.
The big difference -- and it's a *very* big difference -- is that Twitter self-corrected fairly quickly. Still waiting for the New York Times and CNN (at least) to issue corrections.
Twitter is a medium, it's not a news organization. So saying it self-corrected isn't true at all. OTHER people might've pointed out that the tweets were incorrect, but for the most part, it's a rare day when a typical Twitter user who has retweeted nonsense, makes a correction.
Facebook is a good example of this on a daily basis.
You may not agree with this, which is why I've posted this response on Facebook under Morgan Freeman's byline.
Yes, Twitter is a medium. And lots of us use Twitter as a sort of new fangled newswire service, so it's something else in addition. While individual whackados on Twitter indeed don't self-correct, others make the corrections and like cream, they rise to the top.
One of your sources, Jeff Jarvis, self-corrected on Twitter (and with a more expanded version on his blog).
I've never used Facebook (and refuse to do so), so I can't speak to that.
When I was using Google+ (something I keep saying I'm going to do again) I saw a lot of correction (again, not much self-correction but bunches of community-correction) rise to the top, as on Twitter.
I'm *still* waiting for the dominant corporate media of all forms to issue/publish/broadcast their corrections.
Here's how I look at it. Whenever there is a void of information, the demand to fill it overwhelms the need for accuracy. Social media amplifies this in every way. The void of information happens faster and explodes faster than ever because of social media's nearly instantaneous ability to communicate. That very same thing makes it easier and faster - for journalists and non-journalists - to fill in the void with information, which then spreads thru retweets, links, etc. Once that process starts its very hard to slow down or pull back on information that turns out to be inaccurate.
Blaming it on journalists or the media in general is short-sighted, in my opinion. They don't have a monopoly on social media and the spread of information. We're all a part of it and helped create the "monster" if that's what one decides to call it.
(I have a long theory about this issue and the 2011 government shutdown, but that's for a different post.)
In case you'd like to see my response to Wolff, here it is. He didn't do his homework very well.