Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the text alert sent to people in New York and New Jersey as the suspected Chelsea bomber was on the loose: “The alert also suggested a new role for its recipients, as temporary auxiliary police. ‘Remain vigilant,’ de Blasio said at the news conference, even after Rahami had been captured, and then in almost the same breath the Mayor said that he’d got a call from President Obama, who had praised New Yorkers for remaining calm amid the crisis. Perhaps there is no contradiction in these sentiments, and universal vigilance is now a feature not just of an emergency but also of more ordinary days when everyone is going about their business.”

+ The Verge: A dystopian future or a natural evolution?

+ Jack Shafer: Was the Terror Coverage More Explosive Than the Bombs? (This is not merely an academic question for media insiders. Many experts believe media coverage could be a motivating factor for bad actors.)