"Searching Ferguson on Twitter not only yields results of speculations about the truth, but the truth itself."


Thu, Aug 14th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

As a result of the shooting death of Michael Brown, a teenage boy who was killed by a Ferguson police officer, large crowds have gathered in solidarity and remembrance. The response of the police department has been to shut down the airspace, arrest journalists and overwhelm the area with "phalanxes of officers, armed with dogs and military equipment." Quartz's Sierra Mannie argues that with traditional media barely reporting on the issue, the only way to get a clear understanding of what's going on appears to be Twitter.

Though I usually get my news from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Twitter, this is the first time that I’ve felt that the internet alone is my most, no my only, suitable option for knowing the entirety of a story. Relying solely on television for news of Michael Brown’s death yields disparaging results. News reports from Ferguson about the protesters are numerous but muddling, limited by police who have purportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets against both protestors and the press; the Federal Aviation Administration, as per the request of the police, also issued a no-fly zone over Ferguson on Tuesday, restricting the ability of news helicopters to travel over the area.

Despite its physical limitations, the mainstream media, unfortunately, are still famously dismissive of violence perpetrated against black bodies, a sentiment having long-since been underlined by language that claims others like Michael Brown who faced violence at the hands of white people were somehow deserving of the fate that befell them.



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