Internet Hoaxes Essay

788 WordsNov 7, 20084 Pages
Internet hoaxes are all too common. In the BBC News article entitled “Don’t Believe Everything You Read Online” by Brendan O’Neill certain examples of such hoaxes are reveled. Such topics as books, music, political issues, etc are chosen for a hoax and disseminated through various forms of media; mainly email. In July 2003 an email went out claiming to be a publisher with exclusive access to the cookbook, Naked Chef 2 by Jamie Oliver. The author of the article himself states “I received it three times, each with the same covering note: "Attached is the NEW Jamie Oliver cookery book... Word is that he has annoyed his publishers so much that someone there has decided to send out his entire new book on e-mail!"” It turns out that the book that was being advertised was a collection of recipes from Oliver’s previous books and contained no new material whatsoever. In the same month it was rumored that the heavy metal band “Metallica” opened a lawsuit on an unnamed Canadian rock band. The suit was over using the same power cords that are commonly associated with Metallica, E and F. Though it was a hoax it was believed by many and soon made its way to popular radio stations in the US. Another example is a case where it was rumored that the Oregon State Health Department was searching for an interpreter for the “Klingon” language from the popular TV Series “Star Trek.” This rumor originated from an article in a Oregonian newspaper which reported that Klingon had been added to their list of languages that individuals committed to psychiatric care claimed to be capable of speaking. This rumor spread around the web and by May 2003 the media was reporting the story. One political rumor that was soon believed is that France demanded the US remove American soldiers buried on their land be dug up and removed. The opening paragraph read “They sent a note to our

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