Boston Explosion: News Links

I don’t have time to write anything and what’s there to say right now, anyway? If you’re following the news in Boston online, I recommend The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, maybe MSNBC.

Rosie promises a blog post later. For now, our thoughts go out to the citizens of Boston.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

13 thoughts on “Boston Explosion: News Links”

  1. CBC Sask has been doing a good job of tracking down SK participants and letting it be known that they’re OK.

  2. CBC Radio Sask’s Leisha Grebinski is a runner. She’ll probably have something poignant to say.

  3. Because only a runner can understand the enormity of dropping two bombs in a crowd full of people??? Okay…

    “And now on the latest shark attack, we turn to Michael Phelps for his take on the watery horror…”

  4. I’ve started to notice that collective disgust and hand-wringing at violent events like this one are becoming manna for people who are too chicken to confront organized criminals in government and the financial industry.

    Guaranteed that whatever trailer park trash organized this bombing will be shredded to bits along coffee row and in the media.

    I’m sure why relatively insignificant events like this one are doing more to shake our sense of personal security than losing 35% of your retirement savings to some smug sh*thead financial crook who doesn’t even pay for his crimes, but I guess that’s life.

  5. “Because only a runner can understand the enormity of dropping two bombs in a crowd full of people??? Okay…”

    Settle down. Because she’s a journalist who was participating in the run and witnessed firsthand the tragic events she would be a good candidate to have something poignant to say.

  6. Everyone is obsessed about Boston because it’s “trending”. A sick thing like this is trending- and why do people pull stunts like this? Because they get publicity. Every hashtag that spreads about Boston is encouraging these criminals. If they didn’t get recognition they never would do it, plain and simple. Shame on you all for trending terroism and promoting slacktivism. You’re trending Boston because it’s trendy, nothing else, and that is effin sad. Did you know 147 people died in Iraq yesterday because of an explosion? Or what about the Venzuela uprisings that are happing right now without a free electorlate and crazy right wing radicals? Geeze people, get your heads out of your asses. Stop promoting slacktivism, STOP TRENDING HORRIFIC THINGS- it’s what the criminals want- it’s their glory and fame! Become aware of the tragedies and hundreds of deaths occuring in the world each day- not just three deaths at a marathon. You’re all a combination of sheep-ostritch.

  7. So a major explosion goes off at a famous event, killing 3 innocent people and injuring many others, and we’re just supposed to ignore it? The coverage may be a little overblown, but its a huge news story that hits close to home for a lot of people.

    Sheep-ostriches sound tasty.

  8. It’s difficult to cope with grief and horror. Reactions will run the gamut from incredibly stupid to heroically helpful. Look up the stories of how Bostonians are helping each other and visitors to their city, and see the good side of human nature.

  9. It would be nice if horrible things like this don’t get such attention, but tragedies are news items because people are drawn to it.

    I hope they find out who did this. The Boston Marathon was never meant for such violence.
    My thoughts go out to those affected.

  10. Not ignore it. Keep in in your own homes to discuss with your loved ones, and watch it on the news. Read it in the paper. I’m speaking towards the trends of tragedies on social media sites ex. twitter or instagram. These people see themselves on the popular page =gratification and success. I saw a quote saying those trying to break humanities spirit targetted the wrong group. Runners are strong -> ie those who ran straight to the hospital to give blood. That was remarkable. It is a tragedy, but just because it all doesn’t hit close to home doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see it. When America drops bombs noone knows / cares. When America is bombed all hell breaks loose. Lets pray for humanity, not just Boston.

  11. I agree with your general sentiments in your last post, Sadden. But never underestimate the power of proximity, people will always react more strongly to closer events, its human nature. To simplify it to the extreme in a different direction, if I heard my friend won $10,000 i’d probably post something congratulatory/humorous on Facebook, say congrats when I see them next etc. If I heard an acquaintance won it I would say “good for them” and move on. If I heard some random person in Saskatoon won it I wouldn’t care. If I heard someone in Austria won it I would care less.

    I also think its the immersion into traditional media and the ever-available social media – its present on internet news sites, twitter, facebook, newspapers, tv, radio, etc. – that amplifies these news events. The solution is to tune out a bit and wait until the tide turns, not get mad at those who are reacting in their medium to a situation that cannot be ignored.

  12. Also, the media covers what gets attention – this is a much bigger story that will attract page hits etc. than a bombing in Iraq. Bit of chicken and the egg, but we’re all to blame, and its not likely to change. Also, sad to say but we’ve been hearing about bombings in the middle east for over 20 years. Its not “news,” its a shitty but unfortunately everyday event.

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