On the internet, disaster is always one step ahead of you

See the original posting on The Verge

On Wednesday, following a flood of commentary on the theft of celebrities’ nude photos, some corners of the web announced they’d had enough. John Herrman, writing in The Awl, ridiculed the surge in punditry as a cynical grab for pageviews. “A phenomenon like this generates an enormous surplus of attention, much more than news can meet,” he wrote. “This throws the ??????? industry into a frantic generative mode, initiating a full-spectrum stress test on par with a natural disaster or a war.” Alex Pareene, following up on Andrew Sullivan’s site, suggested most of these Celebgate “takes” were “produced solely in the hopes that the post will, through luck and a bit of dark magic, win the Facebook algorithm lottery,” and “are the most…

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