Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Breaking News (Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge)

Okay, this is a light-weight piece if you're looking for insightful commentary into current events. 

I looked at the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge this week:

July 29, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is ripped from the headlines. Look at local, regional or global news. You can link to an article if you choose to. Put your own fictional twist on it to make it unique to your story-telling.

...and I wondered, how do we really know what's going on behind the electronic news feeds? Flash! 

But... Fiction? I certainly hope so! 

The news piece that follows is a single news item, warped and eventually returned to the stream in a twisted example of how to break the news.

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Breaking News

Wall Street Journal (submitted online), 11:08:33am: Financial security firms revealed today that they had uncovered evidence of online attacks capable of rewriting news stories as they were posted over the wire... 

Wall Street Weekly, 11:08:34am: Financial security firms announced today that the Chinese had rewired financial news feeds to post kute-kitteh pictures, flooding the Internet...

Asian Life Weekly, 11:08:35am: The Chinese government commented on news that cat photos were threatening to break the Internet...

Cat Life Weekly, 11:08:36am: Championship Siamese-cat breeders denied hairball-hacking attacks were behind closure of breeding services...

WSJ, (published) 11:08:37am: No hackers. No news. Move along...