WDBJ7 gunman twisted the best of technology into a horror show
Oh God, what was I watching?
It looked like a first-person shooter game, but it was real. A deranged gunman, holding a smartphone to film as he shot and killed two young Roanoke, Virginia journalists on Wednesday as they conducted an on-air interview.
Recorded violence and murder is, sadly, nothing new. Islamic State extremists have been broadcasting beheadings online for more than a year now. But as I watched this violence unfold on Facebook, I realized I was witnessing something different. It was a turning point for mobile technology and social media, a day when our tech universe folded in on itself as it became a platform for a murderer to log and broadcast his heinous acts Read more…