The news popped into my email box while I was on the phone with a friend. "Oh," I cried out. "Woody Harrelson is dead." We spent a moment reflecting on the career of Woody Harrelson and talked about how sad it must be for his family. After the phone call, I realized that it was strange that the same news hadn't popped up as a CNN or New York Times alert, so I Googled "Woody Harrelson" and found that nothing had been written about his death apart from social media. Which is when I Googled "Woody Harrelson dead" and discovered the long-trending social media story declaring Woody Harrelson dead that won't die itself.
Which begs the question: why does social media want to kill off Woody Harrelson?