Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era
Edited By Moses Shumow
Chapter 2 – Media Literacy and Mediated Communities: Emerging Perspectives for Digital Culture
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MEDIA LITERACY AND MEDIATED COMMUNITIES: EMERGING PERSPECTIVES FOR DIGITAL CULTURE
ON APRIL 15, 2013, during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, tragedy struck in the form of two homemade pressure cooker bombs which exploded near the finish line, killing two people, leaving hundreds with severed limbs, and leaving a city in the midst of a frenzy of chaos and fear. While responders were tending to the injured, and security forces were securing the area, thousands of runners were left stranded across the marathon course, with no real idea why they were left standing in the middle of the road on the outskirts of Boston as the day dragged on.
As the information began to circulate, runners and crowds, clutching their mobile devices, heard the story unfold. Almost immediately, onlookers along the marathon route wanted to help runners to safety, and to contact their families. And concerned families wanted to be in touch with those stranded on the marathon route. As cell phone lines were spotty under heavy traffic, runners and their families turned to social media to communicate, collaborate and organize.
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