The Internetz will do what the Internetz will do…

3 May

Well May started with a bang (no pun intended).

While I’m a little late to the party- it seems like this might be a good thing, considering the Internet basically exploded in a frenzy of what the Internet does best, upon Sunday’s news about the death of Osama Bin Laden.  Before I move to a quick roundup, I wanted to comment a little bit on the debate that is going on about how people should celebrate or not celebrate.  While I’d like to believe there are people out there that are supposedly completely ambivalent about what happened, I think everyone is processing it in there own way. Those who say its wrong to celebrate and are chastising it, are just as actively participating in the event as those whose emotions are running wild with USA chants and flash mobs. How I’ve found myself participating in this monumental event is the way I do for most things, namely interacting via the internet.  And the internet did not fail to help me find a catharsis- here’s my list:

Twitter lit up with crazy ridiculous tweets, some of my favorites below:

Twitter Favorites-

  • Looks like Obama’s Birth Certificate was Osama’s last Horcrux
  • Donald Trump demands Osama’s long form death certificate
  • The girl gets the prince and the bad guy dies. This weekend sponsored by Disney

Meanwhile, the Macros have also taken over including these two great ones:

And of course this one-

And finally- the MLK quote that is going around.   This quote spread like wildfire (and as late as today- was still being posted on various friends’ status).

The Quote:

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

The Story:
So Apparently- while bits of this are true (from his Christmas 1957 address) however, the opening line just seemed to coincidental to be true.   And it was.  MLK, Jr never said, “I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives…”   What I think is most interesting is not that it was incorrectly quoted at first.  I agree with some commentary I’ve seen that what likely happened is someone added the first line as their own comment, and meant to put quotes around the rest.  Somewhere, though, that got lost, much like a game of telephone.   What is most intriguing about this, is that once again the power of the internet shows itself.  Someone saw something awesome (this great quote that everyone thought fitting) and replicated it on their own page.  Before you knew it, it was popping up across the internet until people truly believed it was 100% from MLK, JR.   Meanwhile, a former adviser of mine from college posted it on his wall (this guy is finishing his PhD) and when I sent him the link posted above, his reaction was: “Julia, it’s still a good quote!”.  Wonder how that will work when he grades students papers?  Honest Dr. XXX it may not be a real quote, but “it’s still a good quote!”.

Finally- there is the man that live “blogged” the raid by tweeting about it.  I’m linking to the Tech Crunch article, because apparently, he is not happy about is new found Twitter Celebrity.

Also worth noting, according to TechCrunch, Twitter announced 3440 Tweets per Second during the announcement.  All in all, Sunday into Monday gave everyone a great understanding of the ways in which the Internetz are shaping culture and culture is shaping the internet.   These are the days and events that a web geek like me lives for.

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