Wednesday 24 May 2017

Miriam Donohoe: Cyber surfing to the heart of a nightmare

An injured woman is attended to at the scene of an explosion at the Boston Marathon
An injured woman is attended to at the scene of an explosion at the Boston Marathon

WATCHING the carnage unfold minute by minute at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday night was akin to having a front-row seat to a nightmare drama.

Unlike previous disasters, especially in the case of 9/11, the main information channel on the Boston explosions wasn't television or traditional media. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other online forums provided a digital timeline of eyewitness accounts, video and photos from the bomb site.

Thousands and thousands of updates were posted by Bostonians, marathon runners, victims, relief workers, and visitors for one of the city's biggest days of the year – Marathon Day and Patriots' Day.

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