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Evil Media

2012/07/20

Social media & cellphones get a really bad rap much of the time, but I want you all to think about this…

In 1989, Eugene Thompson went on a murderous spree in Arapahoe & Douglas counties, crashing his car one block from my parents house, and then holed up inside a house across the street from my baby brother’s school. It took forever to get into phone contact with my mother, we had no way of communicating with either of my brothers (1 in Jr & 1 in Sr HS). There was no information being provided by the schools to find out if I could pick any of them up. My mother was trapped in her home with several small children and information was slim and sketchy. Because of this the Jr HS was about to let the kids leave with parents, just as the gunfire broke out across the street. It wasn’t until the next day we had any real idea of what was happening.

In 2012, I awoke to a hail of text, FB, and Twitter messages about the theatre shooting in Aurora, and in within a few minutes knew what had happened, had checked on my family and friends, and started checking on my associates. The police and the community effectively communicated all the important information, set up & directed people to resources, and generally had the public safety restored within a few short hours.

Tell me again how evil social media and cellphones really are, please?

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