Oh God, is America fucked. Check this out: In one ugly moment this afternoon, the Associated Press’s Twitter account was hacked to send out a Tweet claiming that there had been explosions at the White House, and that President Obama had been injured. Horrible, horrible news were it true—which it wasn’t, as was immediately confirmed by the scores of D.C. reporters who work right next to the White House and probably would’ve heard something in some form had there been an attack on the president.
The AP’s Twitter was suspended immediately, and everything was alright. But in that one moment, the Dow dropped by 100 points to reflect the instantaneous panic over whether or not the tragedy had occurred (the press secretary himself confirmed that the White House had not exploded while actually speaking at the White House, which is purely goofy), and how the market would be impacted. It shot right back up, but there’s something a little scary about a hacker with a cheap sense of humor having such a large impact over something so serious through a simple Tweet—to imagine that some enterprising team of tech-whizzes could conspire to simultaneously hack all of our most trusted Twitters, send out a uniform message about how President Obama died in a parachuting accident, and sit back to watch the global market fall into pandemonium. Good one, hackers: You’ve ensured that we can’t take anything seriously ever again, and that maybe the Internet has run its course in maximizing human communication. China must be laughing.