Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
I treated that Monday like any other day, I woke up and went to class, and thought nothing of the day. It wasn’t until later on when I was waiting in between classes that I had pulled out my phone to check tumblr to see what being posted. I was only met with post after post of “prayers for Boston” and “This is a tragedy”. So I quickly pulled up the website for MSNBC and the headline on the front page read something along the lines of: Tragedy at Boston; Bomb injures around 100 people. Instantly I was shocked at this news and I sat down and just had to stay silent for a moment to think it through. Quickly my mind jumped to thoughts like, “is this another terrorist attack?” “Who would do something so terrible?” “I hope that they catch who did this.” My mind was racing as I was trying to comprehend the news. With this tragedy in mind I continued on my day, a little more distracted than usual. Whenever I ran into someone I knew the topic would come up and we would all exchange our comments. It wasn’t until I went to the gym and say the live reports on television that I actually had a conversation with my friend who was at the gym with me. I just remember that after I had learned of the attack that my entire day turned into a somber, macabre day.
Media did play a huge role in the spread of the information and the ability for me to gain access to it, without my smartphone I wouldn’t have been able to readily pull up and access the web in order to gain a better picture of the actual events happening in Boston. Without my iPhone I would have never heard about the day’s tragic events until I went to the gym and watched them.