The BBC examines the nature of online hoaxing
Posted: 23 April 2012 11:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17818359

Inside the minds of internet hoaxers

When pranksters create internet hoaxes for fun - or for profit - it becomes difficult to trust what we read or see online.

Jokers and for-profit marketing companies are now devising elaborate online hoaxes, taking advantage of the in-built desire among consumers and media outlets to believe what they really know is unbelievable.

Hacking giant video monitors in New York’s Times Square? Kanye West launching a web startup? Fakes like these are just about believable enough.

And yet while the medium of online video might be new, hoaxes are part of a long tradition of public fakery, as the BBC’s Matt Danzico reports.

A short (less than five minutes) video from the BBC, about trickery in general on the Internet.

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Posted: 24 April 2012 05:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Wow, just what I need, yet other stuff to mess with my already VERY gullible head.

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Posted: 24 April 2012 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hoaxes? On the indernetz?

Oh my…

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