The information cycle revisited

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The tragedies in Boston, MA and in West, TX are headline news.  As the Newtown, CT shootings are farther along the information cycle, we are beginning to hear less about them.  Still, let us keep all of these people–including the first responders– in our thoughts and prayers.

We first heard of each tragedy through online sources, radio, or television–the more immediate points on the information cycle.  Then newspapers began their coverage on the respective next days.  In the following weeks popular magazines featured articles on each event.

Eventually scholars will publish research studies in journals.  May their findings help us curb future violence.  In the meantime the call to care resounds along the entire information cycle.