It is America’s first fully interactive national tragedy of the social media age.
The Boston Marathon bombings quickly turned into an Internet mystery that sent a horde of amateur sleuths surging onto the Web in a search for clues to the suspects’ identity. And once the search focused on Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers’ social media postings provided a rich vein of material to mine and sift.
These posts instantly became dots that people began trying to connect.
Which Kakutani proceeds to do at length.
Whatever you think of the Times, this is worth reading.