Satire - 'Sochi Olympic Rings Mishap Man Found Dead'
OutlineCirculating report claims that the man responsible for the technical problems that caused the Sochi Olympic Rings display to fail during the opening ceremony has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims in the message are false. While a technical glitch did cause problems with the Olympic Rings display, nobody was killed as a result. The bogus report originates from the satirical website "The Daily Currant". All articles published on the site are fictional and should not be taken seriously.
The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night's Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Russia was found dead today.
According to local reports the body of T. Borris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds.
According to a report circulating rapidly via social media, the hapless individual responsible for a technical mishap that caused an embarrassing failure of the Olympic Rings during the Sochi opening ceremony has been found stabbed to death.
The report claims that Russian officials have labelled the man's death as accidental, even though foul play was obvious. It alleges that the man - identified as one T. Borris Avdeyev - was killed in direct retaliation for embarrassing Russia and President Putin.
But, of course, the claims in the message are nonsense. An unfortunate technical hitch did occur during the Sochi opening ceremony. During the display, five glowing snowflakes floated to the top of the arena and began opening into the Olympic Rings. Alas, one snowflake failed to transform correctly, leaving only four rings and a snowflake. However the person responsible was not killed in retaliation as claimed. In fact, I have seen no reports that actually identify the person or people responsible for the problem.
The bogus report comes courtesy of the satirical website The Daily Currant. None of the reports published on the site are factual. The site's "About" page explains:
The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence - which presses forward.
Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.
The site is responsible for all manner of fictional nonsense, much of which escapes its original context and spreads rapidly, causing angst and confusion as it travels. In March 2013, the site published a fictional report that claimed that Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he was gay. In November 2013, another escaped Daily Current article claimed that President Obama was opening free gas stations for poor Americans. And, in January 2014, the site launched an article claiming that 37 people had died of marijuana overdoses on the first day that recreational marijuana use became legal in Colorado.
While good satire has an important role to play, more and more sites billing themselves as satirical are emerging. More often than not, stories from these would-be satire sites do nothing more than spread misinformation and discontent.
Last updated:February 9, 2014
First published:February 9, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen