Will Rogers on “trickle up” economics

Will Rogers on “trickle up” economics

[caption id="attachment_9937" align="alignright" width="300"]Will Rogers quote Posted July 28, 2012 on Political Memes[/caption] There's a meme floating around Facebook this week. It features this "trickle up" economics quote from Will Rogers:

The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover didn't know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellows hands (earliest source I've found, March 22, 2012).

The meme isn't new (it's been around almost three years, at least) but the quote is mostly accurate (it's missing ellipses). However, important context is also missing, context that places this observation slap dab in the middle of the Great Depression (to talk like Will Rogers, just a little bit).

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Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters

Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters

When I saw that the Montgomery County Pennsylvania shootings were trending in Australia, I discovered a tweet that sent me down a content analysis trail. In that exploration, I spent more time on "television" news sites in a day than I normally do in a month! From Storify: [View the story "Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters" on Storify]continue reading →
Memebusting: about that eyewitness report of a miracle performed by Jesus

Memebusting: about that eyewitness report of a miracle performed by Jesus

Satire, clueless sharing, and digital literacy

Once-upon-a-time, satire was (pretty) clearly marked: think Mad Magazine, for example. Then along came The Onion. Today there are innumerable satirical news sites, some that make it very clear that they are farcical -- such as having a statement on each page saying "satire!" --  and some that do not. This is a post about one that does not hit readers on the head that it is a satirical site, WorldNewsDailyReport.com. …continue reading →