“Manjoo wrote about what he learned from his two months away from social media, and dispensed avuncular advice to his readers about the benefits of slowing down one’s news consumption,” reported the Columbia Journalism Review last week.
The Columbia Journalism Review noted that during the first two weeks of February, “he tweeted, on average, more than 15 times a day.”
On The Media, however, removed an interview with Manjoo in which he talked about unplugging from social media, issuing an editor’s note in its place.
Such a dumb thing to lie about https://t.co/qkMs6CtDaI by @TheFoodEconomy — Sonya ? Mann (@sonyaellenmann) March 9, 2018
GREAT, SEEMS HEALTHY — Sonya ? Mann (@sonyaellenmann) March 12, 2018
I, for one, did assume that @fmanjoo’s piece about not using Twitter for news for two months meant he wasn’t using Twitter nor commenting on news there. I don’t know how you can use Twitter without seeing news. https://t.co/OtxcG21Vz6
— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) March 9, 2018
I’m a bit confused. I saw you on Twitter during that time, both commenting on news and sharing it. When I really “unplug,” I log off & delete the app, or go into dead zones in wilderness. Or at least put the phone in airplane mode. What am I missing? https://t.co/FLDC7HBvSp
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) March 9, 2018
— Jay Yarow (@jyarow) March 9, 2018
— Sonya ἱ Mann (@sonyaellenmann) March 9, 2018
Farhad Manjoo lied to readers and so far it looks like he won't face any professional repercussions whatsoever. People who follow media criticism will know that he's happy to double down on trivial falsehoods, but readers will remain none the wiser. GREAT, SEEMS HEALTHY
— Sonya ἱ Mann (@sonyaellenmann) March 12, 2018
I do find it hilarious that Farhad Manjoo wrote a whole "I unplugged from the internet for two months" article despite actively tweeting that entire time, and yet doubles down on his claim that he unplugged.
— neontaster 🚟 (@neontaster) March 9, 2018