Media and social media

Dec 26, 2013

For headlines that leave you more confused than anything else, consider this one from BuzzfeedMillions Of Dogecoins Stolen In Apparent Heist! Wait, what are "dogecoins," you ask? From the post ..

Dogecoin users are in minor panic after a popular coin storage service, Dogewallet, was apparently hacked. So far about 30 million coins seem to have been lost, together worth between $10,000 and $20,000 Dogecoin, a new cryptocurrency based on Bitcoin and the popular "doge" meme, was initially created as a joke, according to its creators, "without much real thought." But it is functional, and thousands of people have invested small amounts of money in it. And while the minuscule value of each coin has fluctuated wildly in recent weeks, the 14 billion coins that have already been mined are, on paper, worth millions of dollars.

This is not an Onion headline. We repeat: this is *not* an Onion headline. As expected, journalists had a field day:

  • "Satirical money (really) stolen." -  Ryan McCarthy at Reuters
  • “such sad :’( much lost.” - Saumya VaishampayanMarketWatch
  • "[W]hen my grandkids ask me what it was like to be alive in 2013, i'm just reading them this." - Matthew ZeitlinBuzzfeed
  • "[T]his is what you get when you invest actual money in a meme. good lord." - Charlie Warzel, also at Buzzfeed
  • "Look for a shady avatar splurging on Android apps." - Josh GreenmanNew York Daily News
  • "'Where are you going, John? It's Christmas.' 'You don't understand, there's been a dog meme money heist! Breaking!'" - Farhad ManjooWall Street Journal, imagining how the article's author John Herrman tackled this post.
  • "[A]aahahahaha i'm so glad herrman is working xmas nite for this," teased colleague Katie Notopoulos at Buzzfeed

Zachary Tracer at Bloomberg News, however, was not amused: "jokes about real theft of joke currency worth real $."

In other news that will catch you off-guard, sharks in Australia can now use Twitter to warn swimmers of their presence. Huh?

"With what thumbs," wondered New York Magazine's Stefan Becket. "I meeeeaaaan, I wouldn't say the sharks themselves are 'using Twitter'," tweeted Slade Sohmer, editor-in-chief of Hypervocal. "Sharks that tweet when they get near to public beaches. Amazing!" was the reaction from Joanna Geary, head of news at Twitter UK. "Follow these sharks on Twitter," CNN's Carl Lavin commanded.

Also, former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will return to co-anchor the Today Show with Matt Lauer on Dec. 30. "Those were the days, my friend," reflected Tom Sherwood at NBC Washington, D.C.


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