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No, Abraham Lincoln didn't invent Facebook

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by The Big Ragu, May 10, 2012.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Tell that to Forbes and a bunch of other news organizations that ran with a story after a guy blogged that Lincoln got a patent in 1845 for a newspaper where individuals would have pages with a profile picture, personal information, status updates, copied and shared material, a few longer posts, etc. The blogger did it as a hoax.


    The thing got shared on Facebook 10,000 times, his blog got 50,000 hits and news organizations ran stories. ... all without doing 12 seconds of fact checking.

    Information technology is great. But people have lost their rabid ass minds.
  2. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

  3. "But -- it must be true! I read it on the Internet!"
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Hey, if he killed vampires, he could've invented Facebook, too.
  5. bumpy mcgee

    bumpy mcgee Well-Known Member

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity." -- Abraham Lincoln
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Bumpy, I'm gonna miss Blyleven.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Abe Lincoln wasn't so great.

    I mean, did he ever have his picture on bubble gum cards?
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    If it were true, Mike Wise would have tweeted it.
  9. bumpy mcgee

    bumpy mcgee Well-Known Member

    He'll be back once the MCA mourning period is over.
  10. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    so is Honest Abe gonna sue the Winklevoss twins now?
  11. Actually -- yes.
  12. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    and by all accounts was a fairly good baseball player. The story goes that he did not attend the GOP convention in 1860 and a messenger came to tell him he was the nominee, but he was in the middle of a game at the time and made the man wait until the game was over
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