The extent to which people casually believe screenshots is alarming

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tzhu07, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. tzhu07 macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    Once in a while, you'll see something on social media go viral. It's a screenshot of someone saying something stupid or being a jerk. And predictably, it causes many to be angry on the Internet, with some people trying to dox the person who allegedly made the post, and people trying to get that person fired.

    I think there's a lot of people who don't realize how easy it is to fabricate a screenshot. And that there's plenty of people who are willing to do that to get their 15 minutes of viral fame, or maybe to just be vindictive and frame someone for something they never said.


  2. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
  3. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
  4. Huntn, Oct 28, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018

    Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Everything needs confirmation these days. It’s easy to verify tweets. Now the one above, I would automatically be suspect of. :p It all has to do with your frame of mind, familiarity with how easy it is to Photoshop/edit, and being familiar with the person who made or supposedly made the tweet.

    The problem on the Trump side of things is we are dealing with a lot of stupid, gullible, calculating (people in on the scam), or people who automatically latch onto any message that reinforces their prejudices. Now to be fair, this could happen on the Left, but at this point in time, Trump seems to have gathered up an abundance of stupid just like an evil Pied Piper.
  5. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Believe it. Relaxing on Sunday like a boss.

  6. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I think that visual sources (because they tap into the internal vetting system, and thus, credibility, of something that is reinforced when you can say, "I saw with my own eyes") can be very powerful, both positive and negative in sending a message.
  7. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Nice escalation. Now there's an arms rage. Or arms race. One of those. Maybe both. Saw it on the internet.
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    This is today's version of "You believe everything you see on TV?"

    Screencaps are so easy to doctor because Photoshop is such a natural part of things now.

    Unfortunately, as @Huntn says…

    There is a level of stupidity and laziness in society today. People do not want to think for themselves and that includes questioning things they'd rather believe. It's easier to have others do their thinking for them especially when it squares with their beliefs. Add in feelings of superiority and you get what we have today.

    I see a lot of people in the world today exhibiting the Dunning-Kruger effect:–Kruger_effect

    I work with a person like that.

    It used to be that stupid people managed to keep to themselves and most people could figure it out and didn't deal with them. But eventually they got smart enough to turn on a computer and open a browser or operate a cellphone - and there we go.
  9. StralyanPithecus macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2018
    As Abraham Lincoln said, internet is making us all dumber...

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