Regardless of the story’s veracity it’s crazy that it went viral before it was given even a cursory fact check especially by those who knew damn well that tens of thousands of people would read it if they shared it. It’s equally crazy how much zeal seems to be involved in its take down. Like, “OMG YOU GUYS! There’s a giant pile of car parts on fire! Maybe it’s a car wreck! Maybe an unbalanced lady lit her car on fire! EVERYONE COME OVER AND LOOK! FAN THE FLAMES IF POSSIBLE BECAUSE NOTHING IS ON TV!”
But for me? Right now? I can’t stop thinking about how Pavlovian my “share” reflex can be. I’m all for awesome content getting the readership it merits but this makes me feel like I need a bath.