Following a week of radio silence, NRA head Wayne LaPierre finally addressed last week's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, making his views plain to the nation. The factors behind the shooting the shooting were many, LaPierre claimed, and included the perennial whipping boy of violent video games. In fact, the only thing that could have prevented the shooting was more guns in the hands of armed teachers or guards in schools. LaPierre's case might have carried a little more water if it didn't come just hours after yet another multiple shooting along a stretch of road in Blair County, Pennsylvania that left four people -- including the apparent shooter -- dead and three state troopers injured.
When a video purporting to be of a malfunctioning voting machine in Pennsylvania showed up earlier today, a pair of web-savvy CNN reporters were hot on the case, looking for assistance from the Reddit community in confirming the veracity of the video. That is some well-intentioned, shoe leather journalism...that went about exactly as well as you might expect. It probably didn't help that the two reporters in question go by the handles CNNkyle and CNN_eric, a fact that opened the door to a lot of South Park jokes, and that's just for starters.
In our ever-increasingly technology dependent world, social media has become a force with which to be reckoned. Our old institutions are still trying to bridge the gap, but the good folks in Pottstown, Pennsylvania certainly seem to understand our evolving world better than most. After a local paper, the Pottstown Mercury, started pinning mugshots to Pinterest, the local police have seen a 58% increase in arrests.
Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania's current Attorney General and the state's Republican candidate for governor, has taken a most unusual approach to criticism of himself online: He's subpoenaed Twitter, asking that it hand over the "name, address, contact information, creation date, creation Internet Protocol address and any and all log in Internet Protocol address" associated with two Twitter accounts, @bfbarbie and @casablancaPA, which have only 68 and 123 followers, respectively.