WHO IS THE NIGHT KING!? And Other Media BS

In which Erik gets sucked into Game of Thrones theory clickbait, and then realizes that this has an excellent analogy to political media. Plus some great announcements.

Lots of notes below the fold.

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Notes and Sources

GOT Hype Media

You can just google this and you’ll get all sorts of media-hype media outlets asking the question, probably largely stealing stuff straight out of Reddit and Tumblr

Examples:

Now that he’s dead, the same hype media is cranky.

-Will GOT reveal the Night King’s Identity?

-Fans still upset that the Night King’s Identity is a Mystery - even though it’s not

-Game Of Thrones Fans Annoyed About Not Knowing Night King’s Identity Despite Already Knowing His Backstory

-What’s behind all the weird online thirst for the Night King?

Birther Hype Media

Remember when people were wondering where Obama’s birth certificate was even though you could google “Obama Birth Certificate” and get a PDF copy trivially?

Trump himself hyped this up many times:

http://www.trumptwitterarchive.com/highlights/birtherism

And then claimed credit for having put it to rest, and blamed the Clinton campaign for the controversy:

https://www.politifact.com/subjects/obama-birth-certificate/

7 Forbidden Words Hype Media

CNN, for example, hyped up the word ban:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/16/health/cdc-banned-words/index.html

And then rode in as the knight in shining armor to put the word ban controversy to rest:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/11/health/cdc-word-ban-hhs-document/index.html

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