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  1. How the Internet Beggars Belief

    Photographs of the Egyptian Pyramids and Sphinx under snow flooded the Internet in December when the capital city of Cairo received its first snowfall in 112 years. Much to the embarrassment of several major news sites, however, the images were a hoax, having been snapped in a theme park in Japan rather than Egypt. While the truth may be disappointing, it highlights a fundamental change in our relationship with the Internet: stories are considered true until proven otherwise. As our appetite for online news grows, it seems the skepticism many once held for the Internet as a communications tool is fading. Readers and editors alike must remember that seeing is not necessarily believing.

    Sources: Esquire

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