FLASH FORUM: Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings

Garrett Quinn, Adam Gaffin, and Cheryl Fiandaca

Moderated by Skip Perham

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Garrett Quinn

Garrett Quinn

Adam Gaffin

Adam Gaffin

Cheryl Fiandaca

Cheryl Fiandaca

Skip Perham

Skip Perham

Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings

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. Join Garrett Quinn (Correspondent, Watertown TAB and Blogger, Boston.com), Adam Gaffin (Editor, Universal Hub), and Cheryl Fiandaca (Bureau Chief of Public Information, Boston Police Department) as they discuss with moderator Skip Perham (Board Clerk, Ford Hall Forum) how we can capitalize on social media’s incredible benefits of crowd sourcing and speed while protecting against its inaccuracy and fear-mongering.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Suffolk University

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