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Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado

Posted: , by Alan F.

Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado
Tweets from Jessica Ghawi from the theater where she would be murdered

Tweets from Jessica Ghawi from the theater where she would be murdered

Once again, it is a cellphone video that brings the terror, chaos and fear of a horrifying event right into living rooms around the world. We all awoke to the terrible news about the gunman who killed 12 and shot 71 people at the premiere showing of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado. In the days before cellphones made capturing these events possible, we would have had to rely on re-creations or our imaginations. Not that the images of events like the movie theater massacre are filmed clearly, but the out of focus images and constant movement bring the horror and chaos of the scene to us in a way that can't be duplicated by the spoken word.

The use of mobile social networking in relation to this tragedy also came up when some in the theater tweeted to friends about seeing the third installment of the Batman trilogy. One tweet read, "Going to see the final batman tonight! So EXCITED!!!". The most poignant mobile tweet came from Jessica Ghawi,an aspiring sportscaster who used her on-air name, Jessica Redfield, as her Twitter address. "Of course we're seeing Dark Knight ... people should never argue with me," the 24 year old wrote. In another tweet, she playfully made fun of a friend who didn't go to the movie, saying that it was starting in 20 minutes. Less than an hour later, Ghawi was dead, a victim of the senseless attack.

source: Twitter, CNN

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:27 5

1. Audelio13 (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The girl who wrote that tweet was from my hometown, San Antonio. Sad to see taht something like this had to go down, the shooter should be brought to justice at the fullest extent. I sincerely hope that an even like this doesn't become some sick trend through the world now.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:23 2

22. KParks23 (Posts: 678; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I could of went without phone arena posting this poor girls twitter post.. Come on guys!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:31 2

2. newuser1 (Posts: 275; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


the video is crappy, keep shaking, can't see anything.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:34 6

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:46

36. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I got dizzy after watching this vdo :(

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 08:18 2

38. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Dude it was taken during the heat of the moment, with panic and lives being taken. What the hell do u expect man? C'mon!!!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 09:07 2

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


On one hand I agree with you, but on the second hand, when people are really shocked, scared, feel panic, do they start filming???

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:00 8

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't think that you guys should have the Twitter thing of one of the victims until their names are publicly released by the police/investigators.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:05 4

5. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


i heard about this on my way to work this morning, some people are just sick

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:42 2

6. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


It really is a 'Dark Night'

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:54 6

13. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Grow up. Making jokes about a travesty only makes you look like a douche.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 22:16 3

29. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Using humor can be a way for some people to cope with a tragic or horrific event.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:37 2

32. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Or come across as being insensitive.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:41 2

33. skymitch89 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You need to grow up and learn the difference between "travesty" and "tragedy". This even is not a travesty (a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something) but is a tragedy (an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe).

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:44

34. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It is both a tragedy in the traditional sense and a travesty against so many innocent bystanders who lives have been ended unexpectedly.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:36

45. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


i know you didnt write that for me but anyways thanks for that!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:30

44. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


FYI..i wasnt making a joke i was devastated n lost of words make me wrote that and in fact it really is a dark night for many other, 'dark' as in 'dark ages' where people suffers so please dont jump into conclusion,if i was making a joke i would use smiley or something or maybe your jokes look something like that!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:47 1

7. SugarShockFrantic (Posts: 73; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


this is sad couldnt even watch the full video/ i just saw batman today it wasnt that good but there was no need for murder

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:02 4

8. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Everyone should go to a movie this weekend. I think that's the best way to honor the victims and their friends and family; by doing what those people loved to do.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:03 3

9. tedkord (Posts: 13460; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's a shame the cops didn't kill the subhuman bastard slowly and painfully. It's a shame we can't sentence him to death by colon cancer.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:34 4

10. Azure01 (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Honestly I would prefer they broke his limbs and let him suffer like that.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:34 5

11. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Truely awful news. Condolences to victims families and loved ones

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:50 5

12. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)


People, please don't make jokes about this. This is truly a tragic event. Have some maturity or just don't say anything at all. This can happen anywhere at any time to anyone. Let this be a reminder of how unbearably cruel and twisted the world can be.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:06 3

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 07:34 1

37. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Seriously, who the hell is thumbing down these comments? The people are taking it seiously and not acting so childish! Geez. No reason to thumb it down.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:05 3

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The question, which I think is on everyone's minds, is "why?" why commit such a horrific act?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:34 5

16. Penny (Posts: 1665; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Asking "why" would be assuming that there is some sort of reasoning or logic behind this. These kinds of acts are usually more about the mental state of mind of the individual involved than his/her reasoning behind it.

No explanation, no easy answer.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 17:51 2

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1736; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There is, he's insane

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:03 2

30. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Who is thumbs downing all these comments? Uncalled for.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:10 2

31. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


I think he was inspired by the joker in the movie, The Dark Knight. I was watching this movie last night on my computer and I heard this dialogue in this movie,

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just wanna watch the world burn."

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