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Arts & Culture

The Nose: Reddit, Ricin, & Readin' At The Presidential Library

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This week, in a possibly symbolic moment, The New York Times ordered Michiko Kakutani, their Pulitzer-winning book critic, to do a page one analysis of, mostly, tweets by the younger Tsarnaev brother. Her article begins as kind of a dry observation that this is something people are doing -- trying to connect the dots on social media. And then it does that very thing.
 
Coincidentally, former Times science reporter James Gleick contributed an essay to New York magazine in which be borrowed a phrase -- Total Noise -- from David Foster Wallace to describe the post-bombing digital cacophony that was rich with both truth and falsehoods.

Connected to this is the recovery of the body of Sunil Tripathi, the guy who was crowd-sourced into a false association with the Boston bombing. Today on the Nose: the struggle to convert this firehose of information into knowledge. 
 
You can join the conversation, email us at colin@wnpr.org, or tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.

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