Tragedy and Twitter. There are certain moments in time when psychiatrists could have a field day by just reading social media. Just a few simple observations questions: Why would anyone use the historic attack on the city of Paris as an opportunity to attack protesting students in Missouri? Why would anyone use the moment to talk foreign policy while people were still being murdered? Could it be because certain facts are too horrible to confront and some need to change the subject?
As one of those tools that is driven by impulse, Twiiter often demonstrates (inadvertently), that there are many people out there who seriously need to push themselves away from the computer when a tragic event happens. But clearly for some, twitter is too addicting. During breaking news situations, when information is unclear, anything can be seen on twitter.
Twitter is always there as the vehicle of choice for the over communicative. The top 10 tweets during the Paris terrorist attack:
10. Why is the queen on WMD sitting around obsessed with students in Missouri to the point that not even the violent deaths of 150+ people can’t take her mind off of it?
Now maybe the whining adolescents at our universities can concentrate on something other than their need for “safe” spaces…
— Judith Miller (@JMfreespeech) November 13, 2015
09. Thoughtful notes from a member of Congress.
How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now? How about that mass migration into Europe? Terrorism is alive & well in the world. #No
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) November 14, 2015
08. Her again.
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) November 14, 2015
07. Don’t be like this DirectTV…
Oh, NOW France closes its borders. #Hollande
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) November 13, 2015
06. No we can’t all agree.
Can we all agree now? No more Muslim immigration. How is this making life better for us? But the mass immigration machine churns on …
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 14, 2015
05. One has to wonder if some simply use strategy for clicks and attention.
Maybe guard the border before the massacre
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 13, 2015
04. Over 150 lose their lives and THIS is the first thought to pop up?
Real terror unfolds in Paris. Perhaps this will convince the right to done down their incessant violent rhetoric https://t.co/1C0U19lw0Q
— Salon.com (@Salon) November 14, 2015
03. And the Captain Obvious Award goes to…
I gotta say, it does feel a little icky to turn this attack in Paris into a debate on how France should adopt our 2nd amendment.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 14, 2015
02. Only three hours into the attack how do reporters know who the attackers are?
Reporters who aren’t calling these killers Islamic radicals aren’t doing their job. #ParisAttacks
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 14, 2015
01. Words you didn’t hear when Tim McVeigh, Adam Lanza and Dylan Roof murdered a bunch of people.
Every Muslim is a potential terrorist. At any moment, he may take the Quran’s demands 2 kill the rest of us seriously! #Paris Muslims
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) November 14, 2015