Rumor control is self-control
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rumorsDuring the tumult in Baltimore, a few days ago I put up two tweets in the space of about ten minutes, both of which went mini-viral, both containing inaccuracies. One showed a picture of white kids looting. Not just black kids! Hooray. Turned out it was from Oakland last year. The other was the now famous clip of a few Baltimore cops throwing rocks, which I offered saying you’d never see this on the nightly news. Turned out it had been on the nightly news. I posted corrections and took a chill pill. The new social media lets us fasten onto whatever fragments–‘decontextualized’ in the current lingo–that confirm our prejudices.


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