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Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings
Start Date: 5/22/2013Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 5/22/2013End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description:

A FLASH FORUM Event by the Ford Hall Forum.

As the Boston Marathon bombing crisis unfolded over a week’s time, we witnessed firsthand how integral social media is to a public emergency in these modern times. While Redditors worked to identify the culprits, innocent victims were wrongly accused. It facilitated both the accommodation of those stranded after the Marathon and urban legends of those supposedly helped. We were thankful for the connection to loved ones ones during Friday’s lockdown, yet did little besides exacerbating our own fears while glued to Facebook for eight hours.

Garrett Quinn (Reporter, Watertown TAB), Adam Gaffin (Editor, Universal Hub), and Cheryl Fiandaca (Bureau Chief, Public Info, Boston Police Department) discuss how to capitalize on social media's incredible benefits of crowd sourcing and speed while protecting against its inaccuracy and fear-mongering. Moderated by Ford Hall Forum Board Clerk Skip Perham.

Free and open to the public.

Location Information:
Boston Campus - C. Walsh Theatre  (View Map)
55 Temple St.
Boston, MA 02114
Contact Information:
Name: Jennifer Bonardi
Phone: 617-557-2007
Cheryl Fiandaca
Intended Audience:
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • General Public
  • Graduate Students
  • Guests
  • Law Alumni
  • Law Students
  • Law Faculty
  • Parents & Families
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Sponsor(s):
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Note:
    Please be aware that registering for a Ford Hall Forum event does not reserve or guarantee you a seat.
    It simply allows the Ford Hall Forum to know roughly how many people plan to attend.
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