Google Maps made a small tweak to its interface so that the fully zoomed-out view displayed as a globe, rather than the Mercator projection it use before.
Peter Gasston noticed that the angle many news publications found was to cover the reaction from flat Earthers.
This gave ad-funded publishers their opportunity to get some attention money: a simple product update isn’t a story, but a manufactured controversy is…
The result is that a manufactured controversy about a minor product update has given false equivalency to the fringe views of a small band of crackpots so everyone can get a few pennies in advertising revenue. This is the attention economy in action, and it’s rotten.
Remember that repeating a lie — even while you make clear that it’s a lie — makes people more likely to believe it’s true.
This is how the media works these days. And it explains a lot about what’s going on in the world right now.