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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:41 PM

5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet

The Internet, while awesome, is also a mind-boggling marvel of bullshit production and dissemination. A misleading or outright fake news story can get forwarded on Facebook a million times before Snopes.com can even write up their rebuttal (no, oral sex does not prevent breast cancer). Since the rise of social media, we get more and more of our news from each other, and far, far too many of us aren't asking ourselves the important question:
"Is the amazing news I'm about to share even fucking true?"
Because most of the time, we don't need somebody else to debunk these stories for us -- not if we know what to look for. For instance, it should always raise red flags if ...


Read more: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-easy-ways-to-spot-b.s.-news-story-internet/#ixzz2M8Naf3In
Some really good advice from cracked here...

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Reply 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet (Original post)
TZ Feb 2013 OP
devilgrrl Feb 2013 #1
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #3
devilgrrl Feb 2013 #4
TZ Feb 2013 #5
zappaman Feb 2013 #2
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #6
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #7
TZ Feb 2013 #12
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #13
melm00se Feb 2013 #8
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #9
LongTomH Feb 2013 #10
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #11
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #14
LeftishBrit Feb 2013 #15
zappaman Feb 2013 #16
siligut Feb 2013 #17

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Response to devilgrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:52 PM

3. And it has such an innocent sounding name - like many of these bullshit operations and operatives.

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Response to devilgrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:54 PM

5. too many of my friends

post stuff from there as the gospel truth. Makes me nuts.

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Response to TZ (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:48 PM

2. Awesome link!

Saddens me when I see people use bullshit sites for news.
Natural News being one of, if not, THE worst!

Du Rec and kick!

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:55 PM

6. Of course, I always believe studies/reports like this!

"Study shows most republicans dumber than a bag of rocks!"

Some things in life one just knows gotta be true!

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:55 PM

7. A good example of a fake news story on the internet:

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/geddy-lee-and-billy-corgan-talk-albums-vs-singles-549792

Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan talk albums vs singles

Joe BossoJune 21, 2012, 13:00 GMT


In a wide-ranging interview with MusicRadar, Billy Corgan (center) and Geddy Lee (right), seen here with Lee's Rush mate Alex Lifeson, talk about the merits - and challenges - of the album as art form. RD / Scott Kirkland / Retna Di/Retna Ltd./Corbis

Part two of our exclusive Billy Corgan and Geddy Lee interview

Geddy Lee on his five favourite bassists

It's a good time to be Geddy Lee, and it's also a good time to be Billy Corgan. Within a week of each other, both artist's bands, Rush and The Smashing Pumpkins, have released albums (Clockwork Angels and Oceania, respectively), that stand among their finest work.

Significantly, both albums break the mold for Music Business 101 in 2012 in that they're concept pieces Clockwork Angels is a self-contained narrative, while Oceania is part of the Pumpkins' adventurous Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project. That both groups, Rush and The Smashing Pumpkins, have hit creative highs while rejecting the notion that 'the hit single is king' was the starting point for a discussion MusicRadar recently had with Lee and Corgan in which the two talked about how they navigate through the murky waters of the music business and rise to the challenges of what Corgan calls the "iPod era."

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:15 PM

12. Lol

Yeah gotta be fake. No way Geddy Lee would allow himself to be photographed with that Pumpkins Dude. Btw- guess who is going to Florida next week?

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Response to TZ (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:20 PM

13. Chuggo?

I hope so. Always wanted to see him perform live!

Cool little ballpark they have in Viera. Spring training is a blast. I'm going to see the O's in a couple of weeks myself!

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Response to TZ (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:03 PM

8. This article should be required reading

before anyone is allowed to post on the web.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:06 PM

9. we're going to have to start teaching this shit in schools.... nt

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Response to TZ (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:53 PM

10. Developing a healthy skepticism is your first line of defense

There are valuable hints in the Cracked.com article. Sites like Snopes.com, Truth or Fiction and The Straight Dope are useful resources.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:55 PM

11. Yeah, because the MSM are always accurate

If anything, the proliferation of bullshit everywhere is a charge led by the MSM.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:21 PM

14. I have number 6...if it's from the Onion, it's true...

Or at least more spot on than so-called MSM BS!

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:06 PM

15. Great article

Especially about NOT trusting the crap emitted by the Daily Fail and similar British tabloids. As I always say, our tabloids are like a cross between the National Enquirer and Rush Limbaugh's/ Glenn Beck's talkshow!

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:34 PM

16. Amazing how many people post Alex Jones crap as well.

Infowars.com and prisonplanet.com seem to be just fine with some DUers as long as it promotes whatever the CT is they whole-heartedly embrace.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:23 PM

17. So, the story about a Las Vegas woman having sex with a pit bull?

Whose picture did they use? Everyone thought it was just awful that they posted a picture of the woman, but how does one feel about posting a picture of a woman who didn't have sex with a dog, but saying that she did?

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