This thing is a perfectly designed info-virus. It replicates beautifully in a 140-character environment. It feeds on gullibility and thrives in a numeracy vacuum. I think it will outlive us all. Women will forever own “1% of the world’s wealth.” (Here’s the original debunking.)
September 18, 8:50 pm:
I really wonder how Sudeep Reddy managed to work that 1% thing into this blurb on a World Bank Report. I’m pretty sure it’s not in there.
Someone at WSJ’s Twitter account was asleep at the switch. Don’t they edit this thing?
Anyway, September 19, 3:45 pm:
Then I saw this one from Shakesville:
To the credit of the readers there, many raised logical questions — what about me and my husband, who owns our wealth? what about Oprah and Martha Stewart, JK Rowling, the Queen of England? After 46 comments of back and forth — including some heroic logical attempts to imagine how it could be true, and several trips through the WB report — the moderators closed the comments (but left the post up).
And if you look really closely, you can see a faint heartbeat. It will be back.