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  • The students who trained an eagle to snatch a kid

    New Zealand Listener - 03/20/2013

    What propels exercises such as Golden Eagle Snatches Kid to circulate at such speed?

    Ryan Cordell, a lecturer at Northeastern University specializing in 19th-century periodical literature, analyses how newspapers and other mass media of the time disseminated news, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the criteria for what makes a story spread haven’t changed much. “It needs to be easily shared; have some level of cuteness — or,” he explains, “in this case be something horrifying; and have some kind of challenge, or puzzle, or mystery.” “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” has all three.

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