Top 10 occasions when people from the media played us for a fool and made us believe in hoaxes!
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It can be agreed on that we as a society put way too much trust into the media. From news, television shows, documentaries, and more, we assume that what we watch and read nowadays is true. Because critical thinking seems to be a dying art, more and more people are becoming easily fooled and proving to be gullible when it comes to information being presented to us. Only a hand full of people today actually investigate and research the facts anymore, while the vast majority of the population will take everything as truth and turn off the television.
Since the inception of the internet, it is easier than ever to spread false information, especially if it seems to come from a legitimate news source. Anyone who doesn’t know any better and know what websites to avoid if you want factual information can fall victim to believe false information. What’s worse than merely believing the stories is spreading them around and unknowingly planting the seeds of deception to a wider audience. Thanks to viral marketing, the media can do a decent amount of work to troll the world and cause us all to believe in the wrong information. The ultimate cost of these actions is leading people into mass hysteria and frenzy, thus causing chaos and the unraveling of society as we know it.
So, how much faith should we put into the media nowadays? That can be hard to tell, because sometimes the most accurate media outlets are not the most popular. These days, the media can be easily bought out by major corporations and politicians and can easily sway people into the appropriate direction that they want. One media outlet that regularly gets accused of misleading people on purpose is Fox News, given how conservative and right wing the station is.
This video contains ten times that that media has trolled us. We will primarily mention the incidents where people were fooled into believing false information that was presented as true. Even if the “truth” was in the fine print, it was subtle enough to be missed on purpose. You can say that the 1938 radio drama of “War of the Worlds” was what exposed the fact that the public audience is gullible. Despite announcements at the beginning of the show that stated that the broadcast was a drama, most people tuned in too late and missed the announcement. Thinking that the earth was being invaded by aliens, people were sent into chaos. What many people saw as chaos and disruption, the media saw it as an opportunity to commit some class A trolling on the public.
Hollywood can also make us believe things that don’t actually exist, like mermaids. The docufiction film, “Mermaids” cause thousands to believe that mermaids were actually real. The documentary was so well done, with actors playing researchers and scientists, plus airing on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, there are people who now use the documentary to defend the fact that mermaids are real.
So check out the rest of the times that the media has trolled us, and be sure to read those disclaimers in the future.
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