I could probably write a dissertation on this “Kanye West lobbies to become King Of Pop” story and its travels around the blogosphere, and how said travels reflect on peoples’ (in)ability to synthesize and source information in these fast-paced, retweet-filled times. Any grad school out there looking for a slightly cranky recruit?
Oh, and that story? It’s not true. Just in case you were wondering. A not-very-funny satirical site posted the story shortly after Michael Jackson passed away; a few sites picked it up as gospel truth earlier this week, not realizing that sites that don’t have the url theonion.com sometimes make stuff up for roffles; and from there the floodgates opened.
And yes, I sent my debunking to GossipCop. (Anyone have an in there? Ahem.)
OK, essay question time: Please explain what this statement means in 150 words or more. Start with a definition (with examples!) of the word “successful” and go from there. Then, think about the reasons for this state of affairs. (Be warned: You may have to go back to your definition of “successful”!)
Word on the Tweet (from Comic-Con) is that he’s going to supply the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3.