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Morgellons: the confounding power of the Internet

Paul | May 17, 2011 in Media,Technology | Comments (3)

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Yesterday’s LA Times had an article on a Mayo Clinic study of Morgellons disease. Mayo researchers looked at 108 Morgellons patients over 7 years.  With one exception, who turned out to be suffering from pubic lice, none of the patients had any evidence of infestation by bugs or parasites.  The Mayo report concludes all of the patients were suffering from “delusional parasitosis,” a psychiatric illness in which patients erroneously believe that their skin is infested with parasites. In other words — it’s all in their heads.

That’s not the confounding part.  A Google search on Morgellons shows dozens of sites devoted to it, include a research foundation, support groups, and a page devoted to pictures of fibers purportedly produced by sufferers.  Even the Mayo Clinic site has a page on coping with the disease.   The sad part is even the study lead doubts the study will convince self-diagnosed patients that their disease “originates in their brains and not under their skin.” And the Internet provides a platform not just for reinforcement, but for them to lobby Congress and the CDC for cures.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” reminds me that this kind of thing isn’t really new, but I have to think the Internet makes it much easier to start and harder to kill.  Disturbing.


Paul | March 10, 2011 in Fun,Media | Comments (0)


Guy Kawasaki’s latest appears to have been co-written by Oprah.

“My introduction to the Macintosh removed the scales from my eyes, parted the clouds, and made me hear angels singing.”

Today in creepy

Paul | February 26, 2011 in Media,Technology | Comments (0)

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I’m still skeptical

Paul | in Fun,Media,Movies | Comments (0)

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Getting at the truth of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

Heading into Sunday’s Academy Awards“Exit Through the Gift Shop” is undoubtedly the most buzzed-about film in the documentary feature category. But the uncomfortable question persists: Is it real?

Why Wasn’t I Consulted?

Paul | January 7, 2011 in Fun,Media | Comments (0)

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An excellent article by Paul Ford:

When it arrived the web seemed to fill all of those niches at once. The web was surprisingly good at emulating a TV, a newspaper, a book, or a radio. Which meant that people expected it to answer the questions of each medium, and with the promise of advertising revenue as incentive, web developers set out to provide those answers. As a result, people in the newspaper industry saw the web as a newspaper. People in TV saw the web as TV, and people in book publishing saw it as a weird kind of potential book. But the web is not just some kind of magic all-absorbing meta-medium. It’s its own thing. And like other media it has a question that it answers better than any other. That question is:

Why wasn’t I consulted?

The twelve clichés of Xmas

Paul | December 13, 2010 in Fun,Media | Comments (0)

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The media re-gifts cliche holiday stories

Isn’t it remarkable how every December there are always 10 Most Dangerous Toys to stay away from? And that there is always a War on Christmas flaring up somewhere? Unfortunately, ’tis the season for the media to put its collective brain on layaway and re-gift the same tired old clichés and holiday-themed news stories.

The Tale of Tarball Timmy

Paul | June 26, 2010 in Fun,Media,Politics | Comments (0)

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