Journalist Alan Barth made the statement,
"News is only the first rough draft of history"
in a 1943 book review published in The New Republic. Variations on this comment have been made ever since.
Based on the explosive initial reaction to Starbucks' Race Together campaign, I offer a companion statement.
"Social media is the first rant of history."
With Twitter leading the way.
Here's an example of the former.
Print headline: "Starbucks Faces Fury Online Over Race Conversation"
Here's an example of the latter.