Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
ReadThisThing

ReadThisThing (Apr 6th, 2018)

Thus is the price of the attention economy: If it looks like a trend, you can use it to feed the ravenous maw of the internet. And as with the Tide Pods debacle, reporters evinced that they've become over-reliant on social media to tell them what to write about. When Complex or a local ABC affiliate picks up a story, that compels the Foxes and Yahoos to tell you to look at the thing everyone else is looking at. Some are still publishing stories describing the Condom Snorting Challenge as a real trend. Many people will never even know it was fake.

ICYMI: Teens aren't snorting condoms or ingesting Tide Pods anywhere close to the degree that local TV news stations and the panic-button section of the internet would have us believe. But that doesn't stop the proliferation of this weird brand of fake news. 

Read: The Condom Snorting Challenge is Tide Pods' Final Revenge

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Subscribe to ReadThisThing

MORE NEWSLETTERS

Tracking trends, news, and analysis around Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Inside Bitcoin

Tracking trends, news, and analysis around Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

TWICE WEEKLY
Tracking trends, news, and analysis around Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Inside Bitcoin

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

TWICE WEEKLY
For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

Inside Facebook

Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

TWICE WEEKLY
Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

Inside Facebook

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Financial, legislative, agricultural, and all the other most important news about the cannabis industry

Inside Cannabis

Financial, legislative, agricultural, and all the other most important news about the cannabis industry

TWICE WEEKLY
Financial, legislative, agricultural, and all the other most important news about the cannabis industry

Inside Cannabis

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via