Yesterday, apparently because this blog published the name of murder victim Devonte Coppage and provided details of his life before any other media entity, page views on this blog exploded through the roof.
The previous page view record happened over Labor Day weekend last year and, in like manner, involved JNS blog having the name of a murder victim (Chukwumah "Terry" Okolie) before any other media entity. That page view record stood at 4,664.
The new record shatters that number. The new record for January 6, 2014 is...
The numbers were helped along by the fact a reporter with the St. Paul Pioneer Press credited this blog, in a tweet, for having the name of the victim before other media.
The City Pages blog also acknowledged JNS Blog for a secondhand photo credit, the origin of the photo being the Facebook page of Devonte Coppage.
It should, of course, be acknowledged that JNS blog obtained the name from North Vent Facebook page sources, but this Facebook forum may not meet the definition of a "media source."
Or does it?
Every day community-based, grassroots social media is able to compete toe-to-toe with large and well-heeled mainstream media sources, at least in regard to a specific story from time to time. But is it really competition? I say we're all part of the same media ecosystem, more cooperative than competitive. If JNS blog shares information that provides leads to mainstream media, I am happy to help.
Heaven knows I draft off THEIR leads all the time, obtaining the names of both victims and accused criminals, then digging deeper to find more information. It's a big, wonderful world of information and ideas being shared.
What the hell can be done about young criminals leading dead-end lives going around and killing each other? Frequently, this blog has facts.
But I don't have answers.