The Bradford Clown demonstrates the symbiosis of social media and journalists shorn of resources. Rumours of burglaries committed by a man dressed in a clown outfit soon spread from Twitter to the pages of the local paper... which are then eagerly repeated by users of Twitter themselves. There are clear parallels between Bradford's Clown and that of Northampton that achieved minor notoriety across the country earlier in the year. A handful of photographs purporting to show the clown have been published and jokes abound about the "real clowns" being those who run the council/country - alongside various jokey claims made by Twitter users that they are the real Bradford Clown.
Does the clown exist in any physical sense beyond rumour?
Oh, what a circus - the Bradford Clown keeps all eyes on the city The journalists of Bradford - no doubt short of matters of import to cover - have filed several Clown "stories" in recent days. This example primarily consists of quotes taken from Twitter - neatly demonstrating the moden symbiosis of social media and news media to promulgate rumour. [Bradford Telegraph and Argus]
The Bradford Clown Bradford's own Facebook group dedicated to tracking sightings of the Clown. At the time of writing, 19 people have signed up as 'fans' of the page, but photographs and sightings are noticeable by their absence. [Facebook.com]