Social media changes riots’ clip, coverage

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Three years ago, notorious street artist Banksy turned heads with his iconic “One Nation Under CCTV” three-story graffiti commentary on a wall near London’s Oxford Circus — done stealthily as closed-circuit TVs monitored the area.

Those ever-present security cameras peering over much of central London’s business districts, however, can’t seem to deter rioting teens in an age of social-media aliases, encrypted text messages and trending topics buzzing up-to-the-minute riot info in pants pockets.

Unlike the Middle East uprisings earlier this year, the relationship between this week’s riots in Britain and Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms is not entirely clear. (more…)