In the last few days Airbnb has suggested that nothing like EJ’s situation has happened before. A typical quote:
With a single booking, one person’s malicious actions victimized our host and undermined what had been – for 2 million nights – a case study demonstrating that people are fundamentally good.
Most of us read that as saying that this is the first time something like this has happened. As I read it again, though I see how it doesn’t say that. It’s carefully worded to suggest these things never happen, but it doesn’t outright say it.
Cheezburger’s roll-up of the internet culture business, with notable acquisitions like Fail Blog in 2008 and a reported $2 million for the original I Can Has Cheezburger site back in 2007, does invite the question of at what point does the line between reporting on memes and starting them start to disappear?