Here are 10 of the things I predict coming out of this:
- National attention. Again.
- A meme of some sort (which may or may not be hilarious). [hilarious]
- A conversation about how the struggling news industry causes reporters to "go too far."
- Somehow, the blame will be on "The Social Media" or "The Internets"
- A marvel at the role "The Social Media" or "The Internets" played in the story
- The nonchalant behavior that went on during the lockdown - "As seen on Social Media"
- Glee from the other news stations in the form of endless coverage
- A call for the end of sweeps and the entire Nielson ratings system. Ok, that will never happen, but I can dream, can't I?
- #latergram-like missives from the news outlets that said nothing as it broke, and what that means in 2014.
- Some likely amazing fallout/reactions to however KSDK ultimately responds to this [first pass].
And I have to note, NONE of this is funny. I can't imagine thinking, for any amount of time, that my kids or anyone I cared about was in a building where there might be a bomb or a gunman. Regardless of blame or the real scenario, KSDK has now connected itself, solidly, with that feeling of fear for a countless number of people. Happy Sweeps.