In times of national tragedy, the media is regularly swept up in a frenzy of fear of new technology that always leads to ludicrous, detrimental or downright wacky coverage. The two bombs that killed three people and injured at least 170 at this year’s Boston marathon on Monday is no exception to the rule, and this time, the media is demonizing crowdsourcing and conspiracy-theory-gossiping happening on a website. Specifically, reddit’s subreddit known as /r/findbostonbombers.
Over the last 48 hours, hundreds of Internet users have poured over photographs and video made public by the FBI and citizen journalists in an attempt to identify anyone suspicious in the crowd. They’ve taken to circling folks carrying black backpacks with red MSPaint tools, primarily out of a willingness to help — not out of a desire to find whoever planted the bombs to beat them into a bloody pulp.
People react to national…
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