Sunday, August 17, 2003
Future urban legend?The New York Times points out a budding myth: despite what people are saying, it wasn't fifty million people who lost power in the recent blackout.
The number 50 million appeared as part of a news release issued late Thursday and again on Friday by the reliability council, which sets rules for managing the electrical grid.It calls to mind the "Super Bowl Sunday" domestic violence myth. A "fact" is reported once, and is repeated over and over again, by reporters whose goal is sensationalism, and whose idea of research is cutting and pasting from older stories. Good to see the Times, for once, not falling into this trap.
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