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News of Abe Spreads

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The news of Abraham Lincoln had to spread quickly. In the world we live in today, news is instantly broken via social networking sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook. I wanted to show examples of news breaking via social networking sites, but thought Twitter was too conventional, so I used reddit instead. For this work I used firebug, and replaced the first topic on Reddit’s front page with the text ” REPORT: Abraham Lincoln Spotted in NYC.”

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To emphasize the fact that the news of Lincoln in NYC was breaking, I created a fake Facebook status using this tool. I wanted to make it clear that while this was huge news to some people, there are still the oblivious individuals who don’t recognize the importance of Lincoln showing up in Times Square.

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