Recently, we did a post entitled “PC Gamer June 2010″ and noticed that, within five minutes, it was at the top of Google for the search term because no one had posted about it yet. This got me wondering if I could effectively hijack a high-trending twitter topic that no one was covering and, if so, what the implications might be for today’s
bat-shit insane mass media.
Around the time that Michael Jackson passed away, I remember seeing at least three other trends on Twitter claiming that other celebrities had died. This included Jeff Goldblum (the scientist in Independence Day), who was apparently rather surprised to find out he had recently fallen to his death. Within minutes, numerous blogs, websites, and even newspapers had spread this news across the intertubes, even making up fake background stories to fit the incidents.
There comes a point when the speed at which we get our information eclipses our ability to properly research it. It is at this point that our media becomes unreliable as a source of information and turns into a giant game of interblog-telephone.
The fact remains, though, that with great insanity comes great opportunity. Therefore, as part of an ongoing experiment, I’m going to see if I can take over the top Google spots for Twitter topics of my choosing.
So, without further ado, here it is my list of “#ThingsIAintDoneYet”
1. Ridden a water-buffalo.
2. Crossed the highway blindfolded.
3. Determined the difference between “Lite” mayonnaise and “Light” mayonnaise (maybe one of them is moving REALLY fast and the other one doesn’t install adware on your system).
4. Eaten a piece of Quebec.
5. Found all of the cheeseburgers in Meowcenaries.