The Reporter Shooting: A First-Person Narrative of Extremism

Recently, a reporter and a cameraman were killed on live TV, by a disgruntled ex-employee who committed suicide thereafter. Killing people on camera isn’t the newest phenomenon. In 1960 a Japanese politician was stabbed with a Wakizashi on national television. What makes this shooting so shocking is that, this was done. What’s changed is that the video is from the First-Person perspective of the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, a video he uploaded on YouTube for the world to see as well as shared his crime all over Social Media. Flanagan was no better or worse than other public shooters. However he introduced a new perspective of public crime and showed the dark side of social media.
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Why Hitchbot needed Social Media to Exist

If you hadn’t been keeping up with your Facebook newsfeed, HitchBOT, a great social experiment on a hitchhiking robot was brutally beaten up in Philadelphia, ironically the City of Brotherly Love. A shame yes, but that he reached so far, travelling through Canada and through Europe with nary a scratch (except America)  says a lot about human nature and the power of social media to deliver a story.

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HitchBOT is the answer to the question: Is it possible for a robot, that can’t move, to hitchhike across Canada. The answer is yes and it took an existence in social media to make it happen.
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When Hitler Invaded Canada: A tale of Transmedia

Transmedia Storytelling has only been coined recently, but it isn’t a modern creation, as the Christian Church has used it throughout history. But even governments have gotten into the action with a more recent example being the Winnipeg government’s marketing effort to sell war bonds during World War 2. 
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