Yesterday (August 26) at 6:45 Alison Parker, a young newspaper reporter at WDBJ, and Adam Ward, a camera person, for the Virginia TV station were tragically murdered by a former employee of the station.
The killer created Facebook and Twitter accounts to post his videos of the murders.
Within a couple hours of the murder Chris Hurst, a news anchor at the station, posted romantic pictures of Alison with him and shared the news that they had moved in together recently.
In the world of 2015 this shooting is horrible… but the social media activity somehow seems perfectly normal…
I posted pictures of my dog visiting with my mother at her assisted-living home yesterday. My daughter “stages” and then posts every restaurant meal on Instagram before dining.
All of this would have seemed weird a decade or so ago.
What does this mean? Are we now living our lives on social media. Is the Facebook timeline our life? Did something really happen if it is not recorded on social media? Is the “real world” becoming artificial as we stage Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat moments? Are we all narcissists? Is reality online?
What do you think????????