A huge thing that is scary about how easy it is for any kind of media outlet, or anyone at all for that matter, to spread downright lies around like wild fire and anyone who reads it really has no idea how credible the source is. I am not talking directly to any news station or even any news in general. I am talking about the fact that anyone who has access to a computer, or now a smart phone, and the internet can create any story they want and simply push “publish” and BOOM; it is out for the world to see.
I am sounding more and more like an angry pessimist on this thing, aren’t I?
One of My Favorites; South Park
So unless you live under a rock, I am sure you know what South Park is and I really hope I don’t need to explain it to anyone. But for anyone that isn’t a hardcore fan like me, they recently had an article called “You’re Not Yelping” which was basically an episode just DESTROYING Yelp and the people who complain on it and it was absolutely brilliant and hilarious.
Well about a week after the episode aired, there was a story floating around all over social media and the internet that Yelp was suing South Park for $10 million for slander or defamation. I thought this was hilarious and everyone thought it was legit.
Fast forward a week and it turns out that the story was completely made up by who the hell knows and had zero truth to it. Apparently the website who posted it just changed 1 letter or character in their URL so it looked like a credible news site and no one had any idea.
This ease of spreading lies is what worries me here at Modern Media.