Social Media Buzzes With Responses to NYC Bombing
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On Saturday, a bomb exploded in Seaside Park and another in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Social media offered a glimpse of the overall reaction from the region and for a nation that continues to move and travel amid troubling times. As many stated at the time on Saturday, panic and disorder were, thankfully, at an absolute minimum.
Nate Silver had this to offer via Twitter.
There's really not a lot to see/hear. Just saying: scale of this seems modest on the scene, not major-international-incident type of thing.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 18, 2016
While an initial reaction to the weekend’s series of explosions and bomb discoveries, Silver states that New York was calm on September 17. This is not, in any way, to say that the series of events weren’t absolutely horrifying to those injured or in any way affected by the explosions, but it's worth noting the stark social media response between those in and outside of the city.
It's definitely on the quiet side but otherwise a fairly normal night in Times Square, 20 blocks away. pic.twitter.com/pMwmfBwX0s— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 18, 2016
BuzzFeed News’ Karla Zabs has this tweet from Saturday.
Loudspeaker at Innside hotel, on 27th st: "Take cover. This is not a drill." #ChelseaExplosion— KarlaZabs (@karlazabs) September 18, 2016
Here are some more tweets from the area over the weekend:
Only people panicking about #ChelseaExplosion don't live here. We have the best cops and firemen, and we've done this before. We're good.— Michael Dolan (@EvilPRGuy) September 18, 2016
Terrorism can be scarier for ppl far awy watching TV.Don't fret or politicize.Just go on w life.We good. You be good too. #ChelseaExplosion— Seth Porges (@sethporges) September 18, 2016
I'm in Chelsea and nobody in New York is panicking. Nor should you, wherever you are. #ChelseaExplosion— Seth Porges (@sethporges) September 18, 2016
Josh Marshall tweets out a link to myriad images he took of the ensuing crime scene that is being covered by officials at the moment.
I live on block where the bomb went off. Here's pictures I took on way to work this morn in crime scene perimeter https://t.co/LirzxZQ3mL— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 19, 2016
Video and images of various devices pored over the transom of the Internet.
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had thoughts on the events.
"Let us be vigilant, but not afraid…we choose resolve, not fear. We will not turn on each other or undermine each other.” —Hillary— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2016
Under the leadership of Obama & Clinton, Americans have experienced more attacks at home than victories abroad. Time to change the playbook!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2016
Terrible attacks in NY, NJ and MN this weekend. Thinking of victims, their families and all Americans! We need to be strong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2016
Members of The View sounded off on their thoughts after a weekend of awful events played out through the area.
Senator Tammy Baldwin offered thanks to those who go above and beyond time and again.
I'm very proud of local, state and federal law enforcement for their work in NY and NJ. They deserve our thanks for keeping us safe. - TB— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) September 19, 2016
As CNBC reports, officials decided to send a mobile push to users to track down suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Erie feeling when your in a crowded subway station and the mobile alert on everyone's phone simultaneously goes off— Andrew McMahan (@AndrewMcMahan) September 19, 2016
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On the subway, everyone's phones went off simultaneously w/emergency alert about Ahmad Khan Rahami. Like something out of a dystopian movie— Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) September 19, 2016
Photographer Joseph Brennan Instagrammed this image.
The caption: “Leaving NYC today, where life goes on normally in an incredibly resilient city. As always, these events should help us empathize with those facing far worse threats with a far weaker state infrastructure to respond. A dumpster bomb in NYC with 1000 deployed to respond is a far cry from the horrors of extremism and state breakdown plaguing so many people. Now, back to photos of Beijing.”
By Monday, President Obama was calling for overall calm and perseverance:
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