6 months ago
Monday, October 1, 2012
Do You Believe What You See On The Interwebs?
In recent years, there have been many people attempting be humorous in the media ... and they are sometimes taken seriously by other media outlets who perpetuate their satire. But when the other media outlets republish the material, they print it as fact.
Take the image at right, for example (click on it to see it larger). It is a clip from an Iranian news site that doesn't understand, apparently, that The Onion is one big joke.
The Iranian news outlet ran a story about a poll The Onion made up that said, "The overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama."
In this day and age, when information is accessible immediately almost anywhere, should satire be allowed? Or is it up to the audience to decipher what is the truth?
Should it be the responsibility of the consumer to fact-check the Internet?
Does sature ultimately undermine the credibility of everything you read online?