Saturday, October 16, 2021

Doom! Doom! Doom! Doom!

Sounds dreadful and frightening, doesn’t it? “An organized and international propaganda operation”! Horrors! Whatever shall we do? Who will save us?

But click through to the original AP tweet, and then to the AP article. There you will learn two things: 1) there was a protest in Italy over their “green card” proof of vaccination. 2) The picture being circulated allegedly showing the protesters is actually a photo from a Swiss street festival from 2018.

I’m pretty sure the same thing happened with another photo recently. A photo claimed to show one thing was something else entirely, from years earlier. Oddly, no international conspiracy was shown then. But now we know that’s what it must be, because someone on Twitter said so.

To recap: there was a “large” protest in Italy (AP doesn’t specify how large). There was a photo erroneously attached to this story. Of course, this is America: one place looks just like another to us, especially foreign places. But the story involves Italy, so clearly an international conspiracy is involved, not just some clowns on 4chan.

And you read it on the internet, so it must be true!

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