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Intense Visuals, Search for Subjects Prompts National Interest

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The intense visuals of the terror. The search for suspects fueled by images of their faces. Just some of the reasons that MSU Professor John Besley says are why everyone is hooked on this developing story out of Boston.

"Trying to understand how this could happen, how these people could do this kind of thing. There's just a mystery there that gets us stuck on it. We keep hoping for answer until we find an answer, and who knows if we'll find an answer...it's something we're going to pay attention to," said Besley

And while we may not necessarily think about the danger in Michigan, it's simply natural for people to be drawn to it elsewhere.

"People naturally pay attention to risk and danger, and obviously we're trying to make sense of this in our own lives. I think there's just that natural need to that's so scary and difficult to understand," he said.

But what about things like Facebook and Twitter? Another MSU faculty says that social media makes people feel as they can help tell the story and be a part of it.

"It's a story that we would have found fascinating in any era, but the difference in this era is we have this unrivaled ability to share information amongst ourselves," said Omar Safradzija with MSU.

And that happened overnight, as reports about the manhunt and gunfire poured in from the area.

"I think this is one of the first stories that's truly a participatory story for the audience... What is different for us is the ability for us to make it personal, and get into those personal lives more quickly and more directly than ever before," said Safradzija.

Now everyone from the east coast to mid-Michigan is waiting to see what unfolds in the next chapter of this national story.

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