posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:57 PM
I think the impact on the stock market, as short lived as it was and corrected in short order, is a sign of the underlying issue brought to light in
this. Not so much the cause or a hidden motive. The markets have reacted in mere moments and with dramatic swings to major world news events in the
past. That part isn't remarkable for being unique.
It's quite a statement that the source of that upheaval was a single one, and a tweet feed at that. Now, there is nothing against Twitter as a source
of information. Whatever it started as, it has become as much an outlet used by officials and Governments as by private citizens telling their routine
life details, one short note at a time.
It's exploded in recent years for everything from the State Department releasing travel advisories to the news wire services, to my son's school
district informing parents of breaking developments on a storm day or other unusual occurrence.
What strikes me here is that reactions came from the single source of news. My first reaction, albeit as a dedicated news hound, would be to
immediately initiate the opening of over a dozen new tabs that lead to the leading world wire and news services. Within a moment of good internet
connection, I'd be able to quickly see just who had what, and corroboration to a story...if any.
I wonder how some of those folks feel now that reacted in such a rash way without further checking outside and secondary sources? I wonder if those
people will make that mistake again? Something tells me they won't ....until time has passed to forget the pain of this one, anyway.