By Siva Om
Today’s technology has enabled us to report on events as they unfold, and from an intimate, first-person perspective that previously was not possible. Take for instance, the recent shooting of Philando Castile, a Montessori school cafeteria supervisor, who was shot four times at point blank range during a traffic stop with a four-year-old child mere feet away in the backseat. The moments right after this shooting were broadcast live by his girlfriend via smartphone—with remarkable composure I might add—on Facebook Live, the platform's relatively new, live-video-streaming feature. In the video, which immediately went viral, we witnessed, yet again, another young, black man die in front of our eyes—something that's become an all too common occurrence. In fact, with Facebook Live, traditional news outlets not only lost their exclusive lead story, many felt all but compelled to show the nation the raw, unedited footage of a man gasping his last breath, since so many people had already seen the footage.