I used to get hoaxy emails from well-meaning people who thought they were forwarding actual important info (even stuff that was so dumb I began to question their
intelligence critical thinking skills), but that doesn’t happen much anymore. Nowadays people just share and re-share it on social media, which is really a lot worse because it can reach a large audience in a much shorter time.
Ya know, it really doesn’t take much effort to determine if a story/email/meme is accurate/bullshit/a hoax. I have a hard time deciding if people are being stupid for not thinking to verify something before they attach their name to it, or if they’re just being lazy because typing something into Google is, you know, soooo time consuming. Maybe a little of both?
One thing this story neglects to mention is Snopes.com, which is an invaluable resource in this age of online bullshittery. Before you post that outrageous story, check it out first!
…News in the digital age spreads faster than ever, and so do lies and hoaxes. Just like retractions and corrections in newspapers, online rebuttals often make rather less of a splash than the original misinformation. As I have argued elsewhere, digital verification skills are essential for today’s journalists, and academic institutions are starting toprovide the necessary training.
But ordinary people are also starting to take a more sophisticated approach to the content they view online. It’s no longer enough to read the news – now, we want to understand the processes behind it. Fortunately, there are a few relatively effective verification techniques, which do not require specialist knowledge or costly software. Outlined below are six free, simple tools that any curious news reader can use to verify digital media.