Katherine G. Fry, PhD, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
The story about the March, 2015 Lufthansa jet crash in France at the hands of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz unfolded as I was preparing this article.
Three days after the crash I was tied to the Internet, feverishly accessing online news- papers, BBC radio news, and social media sites for information I could gather, speculate about and comment on. My preferred internet and radio sources, The Guardian, The New York Times, the BBC, and German newspapers Bild and Berliner Zeitung, among others, were updating as fast as they could, as were Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, and Youtube, to name only a few. The tragedy and its mysterious nature cried out for explanation and more information. The always-on news cycle demanded it, and news organisations and partici- pants in the social media stream churned it out as fast as they could.