Who cares what’s true when you get clicks? A story in the NYT discusses the new phenomenon of fabricating stories and the media that buys it and runs with it. Such as Elan Gale‘s “eat my dick” stunt he pulled with BuzzFeed over Thanksgiving. Should news outlets cater to these people just because they have alluring stories? In this case, no one bothered to check it until it was too late. BuzzFeed made valiant attempts to get in touch with Elon on Twitter, but to no avail. Is everyone just willing to accept the drama of the lie and then post a correction later? All for the sake of clicks? Read here.
CNN’s Anthony Bourdain is a prick about his cronuts. Find out what happens when you don’t follow through on a promise with the creator of The Wire and NYT media writer David Carr. A deal’s a deal goddammit. See here.
Living with coked-up roomies when you don’t do drugs. An anonymous student writes a piece for The Guardian about what it’s like to live in a house full of drug users. Pretty intense stuff. The author writes, “One night, people encircled me and started shoving keys under my nose. When I turned away someone shouted: ‘There is literally no reason not to try it!’ I feel left out, like the only teetotal person in a room full of drunk people.” There’s no easy answer to this one. Read here.