Dogtown Weekly: Prayers To Those Affected By the Boston Marathon

Quote from Mr. Rogers: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
Mr. Rogers' wisdom is still relevant today.
First, the serious subject of the week.

We all heard about the explosions during the Boston marathon, how people were hurt, and the resulting buzz. It's a tragedy. The bad guys have had the largest victory, and even if we catch them, we can't undo what they have done.

The bombings were unexpected, and that's one thing that makes the entire event so bitter. How many people knew that 9/11 would happen on that day in that way besides the perpetrators? How many people knew that the Newtown shooting would happen?

That's the thing. We didn't. We expected that it would just be like any other day. I did, until I sat in front of the computer when I should've been doing my homework, got on Twitter, saw that "Boston Marathon" was trending, knew something big happened, and then got into the tweets...

Like with the Newtown shooting, I hoped that no one died, but like the Newtown shooting people did died. Not as much as Newtown, but when you throw in the severe injuries (people lost their legs!) and the fact that it was in public and got caught on camera, you can't really rank it.

What's striking about the aftermath was how the Internet exploded. My Twitter feed turned into mostly Boston Marathon-related tweets, juxtapositioned with automated promotion (although I wasn't promoting my own stuff, I pushed back Buffer tweets to the next day). It further shows how the Internet has radically changed our society. It has changed what we do in the face of tragedy. We don't just gaze at the TV, waiting for updates. We try to contribute. We communicate news with others, we link to useful sites, and we cope.

If there's one silver lining in this entire event, it's that it showed that people helped. When the bombs went off, the most practical thing for most people who weren't medics would've been to get out of the area. However, some people ran to the site of the explosions to help those hurt. Some went to the blood bank. Some provided food and comfort. Businesses freely lent their services.

Many people refused to be apathetic bystanders. Many people saved lives and helped others cope with the emotional shock that came with the incident. This shows that again and again, people help each other in the face of tragedy, and that's one reason why humanity has hope.

Now that's out of the way...

Now for the lighter stuff.

My first YA Confidential post is up! Please check it out and give your thoughts on the issue of social media, and people's role in terms of handling the new benefits and problems that come with it. Also, check out today's YA Confidential post. I'm one of the teens who contributed to it. Try guessing which words were mine.

Also, the Eighth TV Tropes Writing Contest is up-and-running! The theme is using the two lines provided as the first line and the last line. I signed up as a judge, but if I manage to write a story, I might switch.

Lastly, I suggest you watch the music video for "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the musical equivalent of self-published authors that made it. They made this music video while travelling all around the world, and the extended version made for this is awesome.

Weekly Round-up: 4/19/13

[Since I'm focusing on other things, I'll just withhold the commentary for now.]

Have a nice weekend!