I know some people want to move past the Boston bombings that occurred yesterday, but I have some reflections and initial reactions I’d like to share:
- I wonder how many people reflexively assumed or imagined it to be the work of a Muslim.
- I saw some people on either the Right and Left blame one another’s political persuasion as being responsible.
- It is interesting, even a bit disturbing, to see the news spread live and organically across social media.
- What are the implications of such instantaneous and socialized news, especially on our sense of community (e.g. we feel for people thousands of miles away from us, whereas in most of human history, our sense of connectedness was limited to our small tribe or town).
- For all the horror of the event, the amount of compassion I saw in both the online commentary and on the scene is encouraging — as is the attention to said compassion.
- Indeed, it seems that many people made a point of trying to point out this silver lining, even in the media (although I noticed a good amount of pushback against the “overload” of news).
- There seems to be conspiracy theories about every one of these acts of violence, and they seem to emerge far quicker than they used to.
- It’s disturbing to remember that events like this – which continue to grip the nation long after – are very common in many countries in the world, often to the point of being weekly affairs. This isn’t to make light of this event, but to consider just how much more horrifying it’d be if this sort of thing happened frequently in this country.
These are just my two cents. Feel free to share your own.