News Response #7

This week, I read an article titled “Austin bombings: 25-minute recording left behind by suspected bomber”. This article was found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The article discussed the investigation of a series of deadly bombings in Austin, Texas. The police identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt, a 23-year-old, who killed himself on Wednesday. Officials found a 25-minute recording left by Mark Conditt. In the video, he confessed to being behind the bombings and he described the devices that he used. A police chief mentioned that he would classify this video as a “confession”. I think an ironic aspect of this issue is that his family had no idea that Mark was bound to perform these actions. His family mentioned “we are devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an awful way. We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in.” This is ironic because Mark recorded himself talking about the bombings, for the entire public to hear and watch, meanwhile the closest people in his life had no idea it was going on. This proves how individuals have the ability to take advantage of technology and social media. Mark manipulated the people around him and the viewers of his video. He misused this type of technology and decided to hide behind a camera instead of discussing his personal issues with friends and family. I think this portrays the dangerous and risky sides of technology and social media because they can cause a person to be so detached and threatening.