The latest Steven Spielberg hoaxes proves that nobody should believe everything they see online. Images can and are often Photoshopped for effect, and people enjoy getting a rise out of others. The latest viral photos are just part of that.
This week, the director of Jaws and Jurassic Park was spotted killing two giant creatures. One was a shark, but the other was an animal that has been extinct for 66 million years; a triceratops! Something that was supposed to be an elaborate joke turned into protestors rallying together as they condemn the man. The idea of Spielberg killing the shark is fair enough, but how could anybody ever thing that he shot and killed a triceratops?
Social media is arguably making everybody gullible to even the most outrageous of claims. Posting one potentially real thing or something controversial leads to it being shared in the thousands, and social media makes it very easy to do that. Once something goes viral, there is the idea that it has to be real. It does not matter how ridiculous the notion is.
The scary thing is people have condemned the Men in Black 3 director for his actions, even while admitting that the triceratops is extinct. One person even mentioned that this is the reason for animals like this going extinct. While illegal poaching and past hunting is the reason for some animals today going extinct, it was certainly not the reason for dinosaurs to disappear. Dinosaurs lived before humans did.
The Steven Spielberg hoax photos prove that nobody should believe everything they see on the internet. This is not the first time a Facebook hoax has led to masses of people believing a story about somebody. Just recently Ryan Gosling was used for a positive hoax story when an image went viral with a story attached about him adopting a baby for a year. Thousands of people believed the story, and commended the actor for his actions.
A number of death hoax go around on a yearly basis. Rowan Atkinson, best known for Mr. Bean, is often a victim of these death hoaxes. Glee’s Chris Cofler was also a victim of a hoax a while ago when he had apparently been run over and killed. Cofler mentioned this hoax just recently on his Twitter after the account had been hacked.
The images of Spielberg have obviously been Photoshopped. It was obvious from the start. Someone wanted to make a joke because the man had directed two major blockbuster films. However, people have taken the jokes the wrong way and believed they are real.
It is time for people to think before they type. Do not just believe something because there is a photo or it has been written online. It is worth doing the research to find out if it really is real. The idea of a man killing a triceratops is ridiculous, and that should have been clear right away. The Spielberg hoax really does prove that people should not believe everything they see written online.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham