Friday, November 16, 2018

two men incinerated in wake of what's-app rumor

Passed along in email: The price of fake news writ large:

A host of mobile phones were raised aloft to capture the moment Ricardo and Alberto were set on fire
Rumours of child abductors spread through WhatsApp in a small town in Mexico. The rumours were fake, but a mob burned two men to death before anyone checked.

1 comment:

  1. "The price of fake news writ large." In my eyes, this is the price of far more than the "fake news" that ignited this particular fire, pictured large. Far too much captured in this one image to sum up in a thousand words. For some reason, it reminded me of Gregory Coulbert's poem "Feather to fire, fire to blood, blood to bone, bone to marrow, marrow to ashes, ashes to snow." Paradise burning. Winter cold hearts. My simpathy for the Flores family, who are likely grieving beyond repair.