A photo of a note from a father to his son has spread like a wildfire across Gawker, Mashable, Facebook, and other such sites. It has solicited many a strong reaction from users, usually something like inspiration or disgust.
One contributor to ReadWrite, however, has decided to entertain neither of those views in order to make a point.
The author of this article raises a question about the nature of all photos/ news events that achieve popularity in this manner: “It’s a great story, assuming it’s true. Is it? Who the hell knows.”
I was pleasantly surprised to see some good journalism put a crack in the veil of what might also be called “journalism” on the petri dish that is my Facebook feed. You’ve seen this type of thing, too– recall the awe-inspiring photos of “super-storm” Sandy from last year that were obviously faked but still managed to propagate like rabbits?
In summation: “Journalism…..wat r u doin…..journalism…..STAHP.”