Lyons: No cash prize for quickest judgment
When tragic news strikes, it’s rare to take a deep breath and put events into perspective.
We’re less likely to do it today than ever. So much information flies across the Internet, cable television news, radio stations and social media. We contemplate stories for minutes, maybe seconds, before moving onto the next one, whether we’re attracted by shock, outrage, compassion, voyeurism or something else.
We often feel the need to share our instant reaction – through Facebook, Twitter or website comments. We even have emoticons in place of real emotions. Perspective often is left behind when skipping across the Internet. Context takes the fun out of it.
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