Something amazing happened earlier this week when people turned out to protest the shooting death of Mike Brown after an alleged convenience store robbery. The images shared by LA Times reporter, Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) and others were shocking and terrifying in a free state. The most startling to me shows the difference a day made in police response and that visual of police armed to the teeth versus sharing in a community’s grief.
That social media has changed the way we report and digest news is not at all new, but to watch this unfold with live tweeting, to see people across the world joining one side or the other virtually. It was something to behold.
There are questions. There is hurt. There are many, many lessons for us as members of society. Did we learn anything? Will we do anything differently next time?
I hope so. The Twitterverse will certainly be watching.