Watzman: Colorado shooting a superspreader of online misinformation

The Colorado Sun: The recent killing of 49-year-old Lee Keltner following protests in downtown Denver brought national attention to Colorado news organizations. In particular, eyes were on KUSA-9News, the station that brought the private security guard – hired through Pinkerton – who shot Keltner, and who is now charged with second-degree murder.

But the danger of what happened in Denver does not rest with the events of that one day. What has been keeping me up at night is the additional violence that could be sparked as this incident takes on eternal life in the nether regions of the Internet.

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan famously wrote “the medium is the message,” arguing that we must pay careful attention not just to the content of what is communicated but the nature of how it is communicated.

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