For Brendan Greely, an economic journalist at All We Know So Far and Free Exchange, yesterday started like any other day. He woke up, got out of bed, and went to get his copy of the Financial Times to catch up on the latest news. Greely had recently become fascinated by the Cambridge Analytica breech and how it might affect Facebook, so he flipped open the paper to see if there were any new developments in the story, only to find that his trusted paper had been compromised by a self-serving, deviously clever source: His daughter.
His daughter’s sneaky plan began when she decided she wanted to ask her dad for a puppy. But she knew she needed to find a creative way to warm him up to the idea of adding a new four-legged member to the family. So she studied her dad’s habits and interests and eventually discovered that he was closely following the recent Cambridge Analytica controversy. Over the weekend, it was revealed that the data mining company may have allowed the information from 50 million Facebook profiles to be harvested by Aleksandre Kogan and his company Global Science Research.
Greely’s daughter may not know all of the intricacies of the Cambridge Analytica story but she knew that it was of great interest to her dad. So she decided the best way to sell him on getting her a puppy would be through a subtle but clear message. She got a hold of her old man’s copy of the Financial Times and wrote “CAN I PLEASE GET A PUPPY? a real one” right above the headline “Questions Swirl Over Cambridge Analytica.” She even drew what appear to be tornadoes below her request for a puppy, so that her question was literally swirling.
Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda pic.twitter.com/GPlS3gSj5S
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 21, 2018
When Greely realized what his daughter was trying to do, he knew he had to share her mischievous innovation with the world. Greely tweeted a photo of his hacked newspaper with the hilarious caption, “Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda.” The tweet quickly went viral and was even retweeted by J.K. Rowling, which Greely admitted might be enough to convince him to give into his daughter’s demands and get the damn puppy.
Me: Well now we have to get her a puppy
Wife: No we don't pic.twitter.com/qiwV4L4BwE
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 22, 2018
Puppy or not, this little girl has a very bright future. Let’s just hope she uses her powers for good.