Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden death and network news/social media

I thought several parts of the linked article demonstrated several elements of news making that we have talked about through out the class. I thought that the following excerpt was especially important:

"Reactions were sudden and stunned. Twitter said that it had recorded more than 4,000 Twitter messages per second at some times during Mr. Obama's address.

The confirmation of Bin Laden's death led the major television networks in the United States to dust off the briefing books that they had prepared years ago for the occasion, and led major newspapers to queue up the obituaries that they had written long ago."

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/u-s-networks-scramble-on-news-of-bin-ladens-death/?ref=media

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