Part two of The Webby Debates, hosted on CNNMoney.com and moderated by that site’s Laurie Segall, featured TechCrunch columnist Paul Carr — who quit Facebook and Twitter in August — discussing the future of social media with Wine Library TV host Gary Vaynerchuk.
At one point in the conversation, they debated how easy or difficult it is to refute a lie once it is shared via social media and blogs, leading to this exchange (video below):
Carr: No, it becomes Obama says that the trip to India didn’t cost $200 million, but …
Vaynerchuk: Well, why do lies … come on.
Carr: … but all these people do say. It’s opinion.
Vaynerchuk: Hold on a minute. If there’s too much noise, why can a lie itself not have … get more attention than the rebuttal itself?
Carr: Because if a lie is seductive enough, and the lie is sordid enough, then that’s much more interesting than someone saying …
Vaynerchuk: I promise you if someone tries to smear the shit out of me that I will fully use social 24, 7, 365, to rebuttal, and it will work.
Carr: But people trust you. People come to it with an idea of what Gary Vaynerchuk is.
Vaynerchuk: They trust me because I … and by the way …
Carr: If you become known as the guy who was accused of a crime on Twitter, and that’s all people know of you, good luck rebutting it, because you’re that guy.