Cyrus practices a form of celebratory journalism that has proved rather successful, embracing the personal narrative style of Sarah Vowell or even Thomas Friedman. However, it can appear to be a bit self-aggrandizing at times, and sometimes seems to trump actual journalism. For instance, this Slate article mis-states its fundamental premise - that a significant number of people (even at MetaFilter) were fooled by the Greenlighter hoax. The remainder of the story recounts the trouble that he got into by debunking said hoax. This sort of vanity journalism reaches its apex in the creation of this very page; that it originated as a Vanity Page is admitted in the very same article.
Farivar gained some small degree of Internet infamy in August 2005 from a piece in the online magazine Slate in which he details his own participation in debunking an Internet-based prank that attempted to fool the mass media into covering a ficticious [sic] practice called "greenlighting." In the article he also boasted about creating an entry about himself on Wikipedia ("Yes, I added an entry on myself to Wikipedia. Why haven't you?"), which led to a debate about the validity of this very page.
"He was one of the first journalists to cover the concept of Podcasting in the New York Times."
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