Sunil Tripathi: “Should Reddit Be Blamed For the Spreading of a Smear?”

Although we’ve changed gears, I wanted to call attention to Sunil Tripathi and this excellent story by the New York Times, Should Reddit Be Blamed For the Spreading of Smear. This is something I really wish I had brought up when we were talking about The Circle. To summarize, Sunil Tripathi was a college student who was experiencing some serious mental health issues and who was missing at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. His slight resemblance to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lead to a huge misinformed internet campaign to track him down. This story really demonstrates how horribly wrong crowdsourcing can go. It’s very much in keeping with Eggers’ theme of knowledge v. information.

I’d really love to hear if the class agrees that this is exactly the kind of thing Eggers is trying to warn us about.

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One Response to Sunil Tripathi: “Should Reddit Be Blamed For the Spreading of a Smear?”

  1. amd197 says:

    I agree with you that this is one aspect of technology that Eggers is trying to warn about. This article and the actual situation in general highlight Eggers’ point that knowledge and information is sometimes displayed falsely over the internet, and there is very little that can be done to stop that spread of false information once it is out there on social media and internet threads (like Reddit). In this case, people used one slight resemblance of Sunil Tripathi to the bomber to completely ruin his name and reputation, even though Tripathi had done absolutely nothing wrong, and I think this highlights that point about knowledge and information over the internet by Eggers very well. Good find!

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