1239: Social Media
Title text: The social media reaction to this asteroid announcement has been sharply negative. Care to respond?
This comic parodies how journalists tend to focus on social networking. Specifically in the case of revolutions, social media is given a lot of weight, even in countries with limited internet access. A direct parallel is made to the so-called Twitter Revolutions.
On Twitter you can send text messages with a maximum of 140 characters. This means that there could not be much content in a single post, but often many people follow the people doing these tweets. People who are not on social media tend to react like Cueball and come to the conclusion that twitter makes press coverage more stupid, just because those messages lack much detail. Cueball is also surprised about the stupidity of trying to link social media to the orbit of the asteroid — social media obviously have no impact on the orbit of any space objects; those are entirely driven by physics and gravitational mechanics, and are not influenced by opinions on any media.
The title text continues the joke. The negativity on Twitter concerning an earth bound asteroid has nothing to do with Twitter but rather with the negativity of wiping out life on earth in general. Again, journalists give undue weight to social media.
It's simply that "How has twitter affected this" has become a standard question for journalists, posed in complete disregard of the actual event.
- [Cueball heads a press conference.]
- Cueball: NASA has confirmed that the asteroid is heading directly for us.
- Cueball: ...Yes, a question?
- Reporter 1: What role has social media played in this asteroid's orbit?
- Cueball: *sigh*
- Reporter 2: Has twitter changed the way we respond to asteroid threats?
- Cueball: Well, it's made the press conference questions stupider.
- Reporter 3: Fascinating!
- Reporter 4: What about Facebook?
- The comic may also parody an actual interview Is asteroid 2012_DA14 connected to global warming in which Bill Nye was asked if the approaching asteroid 2012_DA14 was a result of global warming.