Colorado Theater Massacre Gets Breaking-News Treatment on Social Media

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One of the most compelling accounts of the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre can be found not on any conventional news outlet but on Reddit, a social news website in which a member nicknamed integ3r began posting soon after the gunfire stopped.

“Denver resident here,” integ3r wrote. “Reddit, I’m doing my best to update this.”

The first post, presumably taken from broadcasts of police radio communications, sets the tone.

1:27: "Bring as much crime scene tape as you can"

What follows is dry but chilling narrative that continues to be updated, in real time (and often without fact checking), by not only integ3r but other Reddit members, drawing from all sorts of sources: police communications, television live streams, newspaper reports, Facebook, Twitter, you name it.

Welcome to breaking crime news, 2012 social-media style.

Colorado Theater Massacre Gets Breaking-News Treatment on Social Media


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