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    I mentioned on another thread that this whole scenario is just surreal.

    It's like a Web 2.0 Lindbergh Kidnapping (an early 1930s crime that was considered the sensation of the century.... at the time, at least)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindbergh_kidnapping

    What is most interesting is the way the public is interacting in this whole scenario, it's an absolutely fascinating development in the way society and people relate to one another, the way hundreds of thousands were listening to the Boston Police scanner online, that they've managed to find and publish new photos of the bombers escaping the bombing just afterwards, and so on.

    This moment is, for better or for worse, the shape of things to come. What’s new and incredible is the scale and speed of this machine. It seems like there will never be another event like the Boston bombing that isn’t endlessly teased apart and put back together again in this way. Thanks to the ubiquity of inexpensive, powerful digital-imaging devices creating unimaginable amounts of data, and the emergence of highly populated, highly distributed Internet communities like Reddit and 4chan, it will happen this way every single time.
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...y-machine.html

    Wow. This is as much an amazing development in the history of the internet, far outweighing the actual terrorist incident and manhunt in terms of the profundity of its implications.

    Edit: For example, this incredible image of Suspect 2 fleeing the scene, just on the left. It was discovered by reddit users

    http://i.imgur.com/NFPlOCI.jpg

    Also known to the Chinese as the Human Flesh Search Engine

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_flesh_search_engine
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    (Original post by AlexandrTheGreat)
    I mentioned on another thread that this whole scenario is just surreal.

    It's like a Web 2.0 Lindbergh Kidnapping (an early 1930s crime that was considered the sensation of the century.... at the time, at least)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindbergh_kidnapping

    What is most interesting is the way the public is interacting in this whole scenario, it's an absolutely fascinating development in the way society and people relate to one another, the way hundreds of thousands were listening to the Boston Police scanner online, that they've managed to find and publish new photos of the bombers escaping the bombing just afterwards, and so on.



    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...y-machine.html

    Wow. This is as much an amazing development in the history of the internet, far outweighing the actual terrorist incident and manhunt in terms of the profundity of its implications.

    Edit: For example, this incredible image of Suspect 2 fleeing the scene, just on the left. It was discovered by reddit users

    http://i.imgur.com/NFPlOCI.jpg

    Are you not aware of the ongoing situation? I've made an entire thread on this - the first Boston Marathon bombings suspect is dead. The second is at large. They are both brothers.

    EDIT: Erroneous post.
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    (Original post by HumanSupremacist)
    Are you not aware of the ongoing situation? I've made an entire thread on this - the first Boston Marathon bombings suspect is dead. The second is at large. They are both brothers.
    I'm aware of that, if you'd bothered to read my comments on the main thread.

    You seem confused. You should re-read my post.

    Oh, and I'm sorry for taking away attention from you. That seems to bother you, and for that, I apologise unreservedly.
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    (Original post by AlexandrTheGreat)
    I'm aware of that, if you'd bothered to read my comments on the main thread.

    You seem confused. You should re-read my post.

    Oh, and I'm sorry for taking away attention from you. That seems to bother you, and for that, I apologise unreservedly.
    My apologies. Your OP is indeed interesting +1. I must have not read it - I haven't slept much sorry.

    Yes, indeed, certainly the internet has played a big role in this - you can watch live news, you can listen in live on emergency services/police scanners and you can follow tweets and whatnot to find out events as and when they happen (especially www.breakingnews.com). Certainly, it's developed the way in which citizens interact with ongoing situations and emergencies. Citizens are even doing their own pictorial investigations on line and that may have led to the successful identification of the BM suspects.
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    (Original post by HumanSupremacist)
    My apologies. Your OP is indeed interesting +1. I must have not read it - I haven't slept much sorry.

    Yes, indeed, certainly the internet has played a big role in this - you can watch live news, you can listen in live on emergency services/police scanners and you can follow tweets and whatnot to find out events as and when they happen (especially www.breakingnews.com). Certainly, it's developed the way in which citizens interact with ongoing situations and emergencies. Citizens are even doing their own pictorial investigations on line and that may have led to the successful identification of the BM suspects.
    Thanks for the gracious comment and apology; I take my hat off as that is indeed rare on the interwebz (admittedly even from me).

    It is, I think, as the article said a sign of things to come; few or no future terrorist attacks (or major crimes) where the perpetrator is physically present would go unsolved.

    I think what people often forget is that what humanity is doing right now is all new. None of this, in terms of these innovations in communications and social organisation, has ever been done before in the history of the human race. Maybe 1000 years from now, internet archaeologists will even dig down and find this conversation as evidence of attitudes at around the dawn of the information technology revolution.

    Personally, I believe the development of a world internet and something resembling a planetary consciousness, the ability to transfer data and images and audio almost instantaneously, the fact that the way we interact in our daily lives is completely different than it was even ten years ago (when Facebook and YouTube did not exist).... I suspect this will rate up there with the Rise of Agriculture in terms of being epochal in human societal evolution
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    What is this thread for exactly? It's nothing like the Lindbergh kidnapping in any way.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    What is this thread for exactly? It's nothing like the Lindbergh kidnapping in any way.
    Read, my dear. Read the first post.

    Sometimes analogies are made based on systemic issues, or technological or social ones, not "Oh this one's a kidnapping, that one's a bombing". This is known as the "material", rather than "particular", facts.

    By the way, did you read the first post?
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    (Original post by AlexandrTheGreat)
    Read, my dear. Read the first post.

    Sometimes analogies are made based on systemic issues, or technological or social ones, not "Oh this one's a kidnapping, that one's a bombing". This is known as the "material", rather than "particular", facts.

    By the way, did you read the first post?
    The only similarity is that they both involved the cops and a lot of media coverage. Close thread please, Mods.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    The only similarity is that they both involved the cops and a lot of media coverage. Close thread please, Mods.
    Sorry, did I brush past that chip on your shoulder?

    Another commenter saw value in it, and saw the parallels I did.

    But hey, fullofsurprises doesn't like it and has thrown her toys out of the pram. Better shut up shop; the dictator has spoken.
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