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Jimmy Kimmel Trips and Viewers Fall

In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel’s stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn’t change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.
The “joke,” as explained to viewers by Mr. Kimmel on Nov. 4, has as its premise: “You know, for kids, Halloween candy is kind of a sacred thing. For a lot of them it’s the first time they ever earn anything ...


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