Magazine September 21, 2015, Issue

The Social-Media Murders

A Virginia killer posts his crime online for the world to see

In late August of this year, there was a shooting in Virginia. Timing his spree to perfection, a disturbed man interrupted a routine morning broadcast on Roanoke’s WDBJ7 television station and shot dead the reporter and her cameraman. News of the killing spread like wildfire across America: first around social media, then onto cable news, and finally into the reportage and opinion sections of the nation’s newspapers. The following day, the headlines read predictably: “horror,” “tragedy,” “slaying.”

The murders were all of these things. But there was something a touch different about this abomination — something horribly, ineffably, inescapably modern. The

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The Human Factor

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Country Life

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Resistance Then and Now

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Letters

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The Week

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Athwart

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Poetry

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