Leave it to Curtis Morrison – who never sleeps, by the way – to come up with Youtube video of last night’s sensational car chase.
So, do we at Insider Louisville suddenly start caring about WHAS/CJ car chases?
But we do very much care about how digital technology is changing how quickly breaking “news” is disseminated.
Sure, it’s a car chase through downtown now. But it could be a significant story in the future, from political scandal to a natural disaster.
And what if there had been Twitter, Youtube, handheld mobile devices and phone cameras at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963? Or at Pearl Harbor? Or – and let’s just say it – during O.J.’s infamous white Bronco “slow chase” back in 1994?
Also, the New York Times today dissects how the Trayvon Martin case became a national cause celebre, and it wasn’t because newspapers pick it up:
It was not until mid-March, after word spread on Facebook and Twitter, that the shooting of Mr. Martin by George Zimmerman, 26, was widely reported by the national media, highlighting the complex ways that news does and does not travel in the Internet age.
This, in short, is the way “breaking news” will be covered as sites such as Insider Louisville and Louisville Courant grow and mature.
So, we’re going to reconstruct Curt’s story backward in how it was posted – but forward chronologically – to demonstrate how people all over the city were contributing info as the chase unfolded.
And of course, more as we know more.
BREAKING: High speed chase started in West End about an hour ago, crossed into Indiana.
Now somewhere(?) back into Kentucky. Not sure where they are now. Lots of talk on Twitter.
One person on twitter said 50 cars were in pursuit. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.
This explains why there were 50 police cars, but still doesn’t make it right. Also, another tweet says only 11 cars. And a helicopter. And spotlights.
Update: 11:29 PM: Tweet from John Iacono:
Update: 11:30 PM: Chase is over per WHAS 11, at least one person has been taken to hospital.
Update: 11:33 PM: Another witness, EJ, estimates chase had 40 cars.
Update: 11:39 PM: Another witness, Kyle Kummer, estimates chase had 20.
Update: 11:58 PM: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO from Galt House, compliments of anonymous reader: