What Do People Say About Bin Laden When They Say It on Twitter and Facebook?
From a Project for Excellence in Journalism report on media coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death:
In the mainstream press, coverage has focused on trying to parse out the details leading up to and during the dramatic raid, and on sorting through the national and international reaction to it. … On Facebook and Twitter, meanwhile, citizens have used these social media tools to express black humor about bin Laden’s death. The largest share of discussion there, 19%, has involved people sharing jokes. The second largest theme involved the question of whether bin Laden was really dead, and weighing the pros and cons of the proof offered. That discussion accounted for 17% of the conversation.
Sick jokes and conspiracy theories — when did social media start to behave like Wall Street?