Best Buy, 'Serial' and the Era of Outrage

December 16, 2014 7:25 PM

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Last week, Best Buy became the latest entity to find itself staring down the barrel of the Internet's collective indignation. On Thursday, the retail chain tweeted a joke about Serial, the wildly popular true crime podcast, generating a ferocious backlash in the process. Best Buy quickly deleted the offending tweet (included via screenshot below) and posted an apology.

The payphone referred to, alleged to have been located outside of a Best Buy store in Maryland, is an important factor in the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee, the saga of which is the focus of Serial. According to prosecutors, Lee's ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, made a call from that payphone shortly ...

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