Twitter doesn’t know the difference between Pete Seeger and Bob Seger

Roll me away from the Internet, please.

Mar 2, 2020, 9:43 am*



Miles Klee

News of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger’s death at the ripe old age of 94 just broke, and you know what that means: Twitter mourning the wrong person entirely.

Spreading quickly, tongue-in-cheek or not, is the misconception that Pete Seeger is the same person as Bob Seger, a rock musician known in part for a song titled “Night Moves.” These were all retweeted by sharp-eyed critic Craig Jenkins, who writes for Pitchfork and SPIN, among others: 

Other users took the mix-up further, not even getting the deceased’s name correct; here it became hard to tell just who was in on the joke. (Seger’s own official Twitter account has been silent for nearly two weeks, which probably isn’t helping matters.)

Then there were the people who clearly sought to exploit and enhance the mounting confusion. (We’re generously assuming that no one thinks “Fly Like an Eagle” or “The Gambler,” tunes by the Steve Miller Band and Kenny Rogers, respectively, were part of Bob Seger’s oeuvre.)

In all the noise, however, one noble, helpful voice rang out.

Good enough for us.

Photo by reneerwest/Flickr

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*First Published: Jan 28, 2014, 2:47 pm