The surprising democratizing power of McDonald’s Wi-Fi
On Wednesday, two reporters covering the protests surrounding the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, were arrested—in a McDonald’s. Why were they there? One of the reporters, The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery, says not for a Big Mac:
For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there.
The other reporter in the McDonald’s at the time, Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post, managed to tweet a photo of what was happening before he, too, was arrested.
The two reporters in Ferguson…
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