The Bradford Clown
22nd November 2013

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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?

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 23rd November 2013 | © Weird Island 2010-2019
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