Twitter is today filled to the brim with tributes recognizing the death of Gabriel García Márquez, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
One tiny detail is missing from these tributes – he died in 2014! And apparently he just died again in 2017!
Just when you think the social media mob could not possibly do something dumber than the day before, there comes the next day!
Easily verifiable items spreading like wild fire on social media illustrate the true, friction-less nature of social media for the spread of propaganda messaging. This also demonstrates how easy it is to say anything – literally tell lies – and get away with it – on social media.
As one Twitter notes,
A related question is why are so many compelled to spread this story?
A possible explanation is signalling of some sort. Could be virtue signalling or could be signalling to others that you (the poster) are intellectual and well read or something else.