I decided to choose to read the article "Should Reddit Be Blamed for the Spreading of a Smear?", and I'm so glad that I did. I remember the day that the Boston Shooting happened and remember feeling so much heartache and pain for complete strangers. I remember feeling angry and hopeless for our country, wondering how a person had it in them to do such a terrible and inhumane act. As if having so many innocent people killed and injured was not bad enough, an innocent person was blamed ending in a tragic and unfortunate death.
I don't necessarily believe that Reddit or any other technology is to blame, I believe that it is the user. If that one person did not post the side-by-side picture of Sunhil Tripathi with the real suspect, then maybe Sunhil would have been found and still be alive. So many people are quick to judge the source of media, but don't really step back to think that the user is to blame, not the site itself.
There are so many misconceptions and confusion that lead to the events after Sunhil's suspicion, all, in my opinion, leading back to the news reporters, gossip columns and every day users of media. In a matter of 24 hours, Sunhil went from a boy missing from his home to a boy who was accused of terrorism. And it is so easy to believe everything that pops up on social media; it is easy to believe legitimate sources such as our national and local news stations. When a popular source, like Perez Hilton, tweets "news" everyone automatically believes it until it is actually proven. I will be the first one to admit that I am 100% guilty of this, by why?
The one thing that blows my mind is that the media did not own up to their mistakes. After Sunhil's body was found and his innocence was finally proven, the same reporters that had spread Sunhil's mistaken suspicion casually spoke about his innocence.
I am not against media in any way, but when situations are blown out of proportion and false accusations are spread that essentially ruins a person's life, that's when an issue occurs. It is so easy for rumors to be spread, and all it takes is a simply click of a button.