Reporter Shooting Rouses Social Media Debate

On the Upper West Side, an area rife with parents walking their children in strollers and executives catching the train at 72nd Street, many people say they are shocked by alleged shooter Vester Lee Flanagan’s decision to post a deadly attack on social media.

In the hours after killing reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, Flanagan allegedly uploaded raw footage of the shooting to his Facebook page.

While some believe social media is a driving factor for gun violence, others think one can exist without the other.

Debra Morrison, 47, of Edmonton, Alberta, said she thinks social media plays a role in encouraging all types of behavior, whether violent or otherwise.

“There is a sector of the community looking for an excuse to take their frustration out,” she said. “They get encouraged when they find people on Facebook with really strong opinions.” Continue reading “Reporter Shooting Rouses Social Media Debate”