Really interesting investigation to source the origin of a viral story. And also interesting to think about how experts and media outlets and citizens help to spread the word on an important story, one that was otherwise left alone in the ether for the last two years. Media is motivated to drive eyeballs to content, a journalist sees something interesting from an expert who she trusts and puts it into circulation and then it goes from there. It speaks to the “internet of things” really working, enabling social activity to flourish.
If you follow the problem of vaccine denialism (like most skeptics do) and are on social media, you probably saw a cool interactive global map of disease outbreaks this week. It was created by the Council on Foreign Relations – there’s a picture of it here and a link below the fold.
Just in the last week it was posted by many major websites including Kottke.org, Mother Jones, L.A. Times, The Verge, Wired, The Atlantic Wire and even Forbes. And of course all those posts – and the direct link to the map – were being wildly passed around on social media.
Whenever I see something like this going viral, I dig a little bit before I retweet or repost it. Sometimes there’s a better version of the post to link, or the one you saw didn’t attribute it to the original author correctly. I like to make sure…
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