The #Dorner #LAPD Story is Tragic, Scary, Terrifying, and Oh-So-Meta
I'm back. Yes, it's been awhile. The holidays. New Years in New Orleans. Lotsa work post-acquisition. Blah, blah, blah. No excuses, back to blogging.
Anyway, this Dorner story is fascinating. it's tragic, scary, and terrifying, but it's also a fascinating example of how news propagates through our new media network of Twitter, blogs, and traditional outlets like CNN. I'm curating all of the activity online with a Storify that I'll be updating regularly and attempting to provide a balanced perspective.
But… what's even more interesting is observing how information flows across the new media landscape. Here's how I experienced the story today:
- Heard on NPR that there was a manhunt for a former LAPD officer who had killed another police officer and a civilian
- Saw an update on Flipboard, a story on the LA Times website, updating that more police officers had been shot and that the manhunt was intensifying
- Became curious and began searching on Twitter. I saw that #LAPD was trending and began following the tweets. I discovered that the former officer's name was Dorner and that he had released a manifesto
- Saw on Twitter that Anonymous had leaked the full and unedited version of the manifesto
- Read the manifesto on our drive up to Mammoth (it took awhile)
- Began following all the tweets for #Dorner and #LAPD and began re-tweeting and @replying anyone who seemed to have information about the story
- Saw that the LAPD had shot a truck that looked like Dorner's, injuring two women delivering newspapers
- Created a Storify and started writing this blog
What's even more interesting is my emotional and cognitive response at each stage as the story developed and I experienced it in real-time over the course of the day:
- Wow, that's horrible. Who is this nut job? Why did he kill a cop?
- Woah, this is getting much bigger. It sounds like he's on a rampage. Why is he doing this? What's going on? Are we safe?
- There's a manifesto? There's a lot more to this story…
- Whoah, Anonymous is involved? They took down the LAPD website with a DOS attack? This is getting real…
- Dorner doesn't sound like a lunatic. He's eloquent, but sounds depressed and in a very bad place mentally. If the information he's presenting is true, the LAPD is in trouble.
- Seems like the manifesto is resonating with people. A lot of them support Dorner if what he's saying is true, although very few people condone his actions. I definitely don't condone his actions, but I'm very curious about whether what he's saying about the LAPD is true.
- Uh-oh, that's not good
- This is going to become a much bigger story
I'm going to keep updating this post. It's 2am and I'm exhausted. I'm really interested to see how this story develops, through which sources I learn new information, and how I experience the story both emotionally and cognitively as it develops.
More to come…