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How Hari attribution row became a Twitter frenzy

After Hari admitted in a blog post, written on Monday night, that he had occasionally taken a quote from an interviewee’s published work and passed it off as having been said to him i the interview, the story was quickly picked up on Twitter.

“So occasionally, at the point in the interview where the subject has expressed an idea, I’ve quoted the idea as they expressed it in writing, rather than how they expressed it in speech. It’s a way of making sure the reader understands the point that (say) Gideon Levy wants to make as clearly as possible, while retaining the directness of the interview,” Hari wrote.

Initial tweets focussed on the rights and wrongs of Hari’s admission, with some, such as Conservative blogger Iain Dale offering criticism and others, like Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre, defending him.

The debate soon moved on to a running joke, started by @verblet, that saw Twitter users adopting the #interviewsbyhari tag and posting famous quotes as if they had been told to Hari. The hashtag quickly made it into Twitter’s list of trending topics with more than thousands of tweets by mid-afternoon.

Inevitably, as is almost de rigueur for internet memes, a version of the scene from the film Downfall in which Hitler rants at his generals in his bunker was adapted to suit the Hari story and uploaded to YouTube.

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