Web Roundup: The Belle Gibson Hoax

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Food activist Belle Gibson had a simple plan for curing her brain cancer: eat good food, drink more water, meditate. You could cure your own cancer if you just tried hard enough, she seemed to suggest. Gibson spread her message of clean living to thousands of online followers, parlaying her own story into a cookbook, an app, a book deal… except Belle Gibson never had brain cancer. She admitted this week to concocting the entire diagnosis. We talk about that and more in this week’s regular web roundup.

Credits

Guest:
Xeni Jardin - BoingBoing.net - @xeni

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal