Impact of the absurd

Amazing thing: you can now measure the impact of blogs and other media on society, by means of assessing their mentions in social media.  I couldn’t resist, of course: during a talk by Cameron Neylon at UCT, in which he mentioned the site, I fired up Total Impact.org, and assessed the social impact of  a certain Publication Which Dare Not Mention Its Name.

Quite amazing: it got Facebook commented THAT MANY times??!   Damn…!  Wish my formal academic papers had that sort of impact!

Out of curiosity, I looked up the next most hated blog post I had stumbled across – which had made the mistake of having bunnies of different apparent gender being atheist or fundamentalist respectively – and while total impact was lower, it got facebooked and tweeted about a lot as well.  Amazing; a lot of folk must have really well developed thumb muscles, and too much time on their hands.

Seriously funny; the way people can get so exercised over the gender, real or imagined, of two FLUFFY FRAKKIN’ TOYS used to illustrate something, and totally lose sight of the ACTUAL message….  But I digress.

So for better or worse, folks: a pretty good way of assessing societal impact of something you’ve written.

Now – should I try ****n****e 2 on them??

On reflection – nah, I’ll keep it for private distribution to discerning gentlefolk…B-)

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About Ed Rybicki

Ed is a 60-ish virologist and biotechnologist, formerly a Zambian and presently a South African. He is into family, virology, biotechnology, science in general, science fiction in particular, photography, red wine, wearing loud shirts, 70s rock, blues and smooth jazz...and telling stories. Sometimes, interesting ones. And writing for his own amusement.
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