Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The News

Recent news stories have had me in tears laughing. I cannot wrap my head around the multiple sources relaying faulty information. It's a joke how people believe everything in today's world and it is absolutely terrifying how quickly things can spread without proper investigation. People spread news without even looking for a source or reason as evidenced by Facebook's most recent privacy hoax.  Most of my tech/digital "in the know" friends were re-posting a viral privacy notice, so a lot more of my friends did as well.  

This was circled through facebook users in the form of statuses. The only reason why I did not re-post myself was that I searched Berner Convention and all that returned was a Berne Convention. The UCC code made no sense  to me as I had taken a Contract Law course while at Bentley University, but one could easily have researched the code as well to learn that the code has nothing to do with online privacy.

The second thing that had me in tears in the past few days was a story that was picked up by a state newspaper in China. The Onion, a satirical news outlet, has struck again!
"The People's Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."
Quoting The Onion's spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote, `'With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."
"Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile," the People's Daily cited The Onion as saying.
I am still laughing, my mother gasped when I read her the article and chortled a bit. Hope you all are enjoying these media blips as much as I am! And are taking away the key message of this blog post - Check for sources! Don't believe anything. 

The third crazy news piece that has actually made me more nervous about who has access to our personal information, including government officials, is the latest news surrounding the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. A young man noticed the letters SSN followed by a number on one of the fallen pieces of parade confetti. This tipped him off and he started picking up the strips of paper and noticed various pieces of protected information from the local police department. Including a piece of information about Mitt Romney's motorcade route. We live in one crazy media world. I hardly believe that any of our information is truly protected anymore.

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