Trending doesn’t matter. Twitter is a video game, a mass RPG which you are playing as an avatar loosely based on your own persona in order to gain followers, (See Charlie Brooker) followers being a measure of your successes. Each “tweet” being an active “move” in order to receive a retweet in order to reach more followers, which is the idea of the game.
So if you measure cultural empathy toward a subject by a chart of which is mentioned on a game, would be abhorrent. It’s like saying the following, (please read in a whiny voice):
"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh; what the hell is up with western society, no one’s talking about Ebola on Club Penguin"
Ebola on US soil is a direct threat to the people who use it. When a UK patient had a caught ebola on UK soil, it was reported as much as the cases in Africa. Which actually matters, because it’s reported in the physical world.
Twitter can be good for raising awareness for matters (#saveourgirls). But “the most talked about chart on a game” should not be a gauge for empathy. “where is the love” by the black eyed peas was about 9/11 and the Iraq war, It was in the US No. 1, when record sales declined because there was no one left to by the song, it doesn’t mean people stopped giving a shit about 9/11 and the Iraq war.
so that is why I think samejayanotherday is wrong. Ben Nwomeh MD is great though, great suit and smile; look at those retweets… but samejayanotherday is wrong.