Social Media Lends Itself to Sandy Hook Video Release Controversy

Yesterday, the police tapes from the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that occurred almost a year ago were released to the public. There has been a lot of controversy over this release in which people have shared their opinions via social media and comments on news’ sources websites. Some people, including myself, believe that the videos are just sad reminders of the terrible incident when 20 1st graders and 6 adults were shot. However, many others believe that the videos symbolize bravery and calmness  that the first responders had during the first few moments the shooting began.

Although a very sad example, I believe this controversy relates to the overarching idea that social media lends itself towards individuals sharing their opinion, as it is very easy and accessible for anyone to share how they feel to the world in the matter of seconds.

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2 Responses to Social Media Lends Itself to Sandy Hook Video Release Controversy

  1. anoymer says:

    I agree with your opinion on this matter. In the future I believe comments on specific posts on social media outlets will need some sort of approval by the originator of the tweet or post – however there is no way of ultimately controlling individuals voices on social media.

  2. alexandrapcohen says:

    I also agree that social media can be extremely powerful in this manner. Because social media is not only widely used, but also frequently used, it provides excellent channels of providing news and raising awareness for issues. In the unfortunate case of Sandy Hook, I think that although this is an unfortunate event, its important to generate awareness to prevent future incidents. Social media is the perfect outlet for people to engage with each other.

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