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Geekend: Onion Or Real?
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jastroff
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6/20/2014 | 10:51:04 AM
Real Life or Parody
@dave – interesting collection of stories. I got 2 wrong. Are we all migrating to an Onion type of world? What does it mean...and what comes next?
Bhori
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6/20/2014 | 11:56:50 AM
Re: Real Life or Parody
Hi Dave! Very, interesting collection. I had to read all the stories twice to decide between onion or real. I got all right except the arm wrestling champion. That is really hard to believe.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/20/2014 | 12:32:09 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@Bhori- Well done. Yes, that and the missing finger story were the two that inspired me to do this article. Even though I knew the arm wrestling picture was real it looked photoshopped to me. Photoshop is getting so good that I think one of the great 21st century problems is figuring out what reality looks like.
Bhori
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6/21/2014 | 12:59:25 PM
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Thanks @ Dave. Really, I still find it difficult to believe on that one Giant Arm. Thanks to Photoshop and onion news; at first instance we reject to accept all the strange stuff as real. Check these photos, if they aren't look photo-shopped to you.
Bhori
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6/21/2014 | 1:16:29 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
one of the great 21st century problems is figuring out what reality looks like.


@ Dave: Very true. But one should verify the source at least before forwarding that. Or else one may fall into trouble like the Iranian News Agency did two years ago, who reported on their official site that rural Americans prefer Ahmedinejad over Obama.
glenbren
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6/23/2014 | 9:21:47 AM
Re: Real Life or Parody
Photoshop is getting so good that I think one of the great 21st century problems is figuring out what reality looks like.

I'm a big fan of reality. I want real news and real photos. You can wipe the zits off your high school grad picture, but that's as far as it goes. I don't want to be tricked. To me, that's like bullying.
David Wagner
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6/23/2014 | 12:15:55 PM
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@glenbren- Yes, I think photoshop has little place in anything trying to pass itself off as real. Even fashion magazines shouldn't be allowed to use it as far as i'm concerned. Or if you use it, you should have to declare it like a ratings system on an HBO movie.

This picture is rated: SL, BR, UL, and IBT

Slimming, blemish removing, unrealisticlly perfect lighting and impossible body type.
RobPreston
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6/23/2014 | 12:06:37 PM
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I thought all but the Taco Bell one were real...as life becomes more of a parody every week.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2014 | 12:17:08 PM
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@Rob- That's really interesting that you skewed all in one direction. Did anyone else have that experience? I wonder if it says something about your character, general optimism/cynicism, or reading habits if you always get them wrong in a certain way. 
ChrisMurphy
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6/23/2014 | 12:52:59 PM
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I got nearly every one wrong -- for which I think I should get credit, I really think that's hard to do. Like getting a 0 on your SAT. 
David Wagner
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6/23/2014 | 1:00:09 PM
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@Chris- Yes, well done. We give you some points just for putting your name on it, just like the SATs.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:09:44 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@Bhori, I also read the stories couple of times but still couldnt make out if its real or fake story. I have read many true stories on internet which are hard to believe. Hence its very difficult to find difference between true and fake stories.
David Wagner
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6/20/2014 | 12:30:29 PM
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@jastro- I think it mostly means there's a market for light-hearted news in a world that feels darker than ever (though I don't think it is). Also, with 24 hours of news to fill and a whole internet, some things are just going to surface.

Out of curiosity, which two did you miss? 
progman2000
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6/20/2014 | 1:43:44 PM
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Ugh, three wrong, harder than I thought.  And the truth sometimes is more ridiculous than fiction...
louisw900
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6/21/2014 | 7:17:03 PM
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Are we all migrating to an Onion type of world? What does it mean...and what comes next?

 

@Jastro   I just thought of something, what if your mind changes all "real" headlines into Onion type headlines in your mind ?  

I guess one would be a perfect candidate for employment at Onion.

So not a totally useless talent in the end.

jastroff
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jastroff,
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6/21/2014 | 8:40:57 PM
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Hmm...the Onion never has any openings, and they don't accept freelance work.
nomii
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nomii,
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6/22/2014 | 1:58:09 PM
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It was quite difficult to separate reality from fiction but I was really moved toward pizza buisness and thought that it must be as it was portrayed but to my surprise I was wrong. :) Better luck next time
tzubair
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6/23/2014 | 3:07:35 PM
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I think what's interesting to see here is the fact that there's an actual demand for Onion news items. There are people out there who read these news despite knowing fully well that they're not true. I think what people look for is how creatively an Onion news item has been created.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:15:50 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I think what's interesting to see here is the fact that there's an actual demand for Onion news items.


@tzubair, I totally agree with you. In india recently Indian satire portal Faking News was acquired by  leading online news portal Firstpost.com. This clearly shows that there is demand for Onion news items.
David Wagner
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6/23/2014 | 12:08:33 PM
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@jastro- I assume what they do is cull comedy sites the way Lorne Green checks out improv groups and the internet for SNL cast members. You don't "apply" so much as you get tapped.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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6/23/2014 | 3:00:33 PM
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"Are we all migrating to an Onion type of world? What does it mean...and what comes next?"

@jastro: I don't think we're moving towards an Onion type world. I think we're moving towards a world where an Onion is easily detectable and proven to be a lie right away given the power of commnunication. Fifty years back, an Onion might have stayed a truth for ages.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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6/23/2014 | 3:18:45 PM
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50 years ago the Onion was MAD Magazine -- which was actually better in its way
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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6/23/2014 | 4:08:08 PM
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@Jastro     I wonder whatever happened to MAD Magazine ?   I guess it is the Onion now ?  

 

No, Mad Magazine was much better.

David Wagner
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6/25/2014 | 3:31:32 PM
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@technocrati- Mad still exists. In fact, it still have a bimonthly paper magazine as well as a website. It's circulation is listed at near 1 million so it is still healthy. It just has more competition for attention, i guess.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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6/25/2014 | 3:55:03 PM
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@Dave    Oh Wow,  Thanks for the info.   And you are probably right - More competition now-a-days. 

But good to know I can get my Mad fix through the Net  the next time I need one.
David Wagner
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6/25/2014 | 4:00:11 PM
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I can just see the leaders at Mad Magazine saying, "the Onion? What, me worry?"
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/25/2014 | 7:39:45 PM
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And a truer Onion story has never appeared. http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-shame-of-walking-out-without-buying-anythin,36357/
glenbren
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glenbren,
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6/29/2014 | 10:34:41 AM
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Oh yeah, so true! I think it's awkward on both sides of the counter.
David Wagner
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6/25/2014 | 3:28:10 PM
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@jastro- If you haven't noticed, Mad's less good competitor for years, Cracked, has made an amazing internet comeback. They were like Buzzworthy before Buzzworthy existed. It would be interesting to see Mad make a similar play.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:18:02 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I think we're moving towards a world where an Onion is easily detectable and proven to be a lie right away given the power of commnunication.


@tzubair, I dont think that is the case always. Sometimes some fake news are circulated on social media websites and it would be hard to know if the headline is true or fake.
louisw900
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6/21/2014 | 7:12:39 PM
Internet User Exam and The Driver's License

@David   I really enjoy this new segment and I think something like this should be required of every internet user at least every three years or so, sort of like renewing a drivers license.

Of course there will be those who won't get any right, and not unlike failing a driver's license test, it will not deter them from using the Net or operating a car.

I scored 50% which is really what I thought I would be.  

But I am really disappointed I missed the ESPN question, yet I agree they (ESPN )  will be stealing your idea shortly.  

Thanks ! ; )

David Wagner
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6/23/2014 | 12:07:15 PM
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@louisw900- I like your idea. Sort of a critical thinking test. Most Americans (and I assume this true over the whole world) seem to have a much too inflated idea of their own judgment skills, especially in the face of "facts." 

I honestly don't know how I'd have done on my own test, but like every other American I think I'd have gotten them all right. :)
SaneIT
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6/23/2014 | 7:26:14 AM
Not a bad score
I scored 6 of 8 but I swear there was just an article on InformationWeek about collaboration and pizza so that one threw me off.  Sometimes it's not the concept that's crazy it's the way the concept is presented.  The arm wrestler for example has been around for years, he competes in a low weight class so he only does strength work with the one arm.  It seems like a crazy way to be good at something but it is function over form and it seems to work for him.
David Wagner
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6/23/2014 | 12:13:05 PM
Re: Not a bad score
@SaneIT- You are right about presentation. Social media headlines like "This guy gives a violin to a dog and the music he plays will break your heart" are starting to leak into mainstream media. And it is getting harder to tell the difference.

You used to at least be able to count on a "real" news story giving you a more clincial headline like "Dog learns to play violin."
SaneIT
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6/24/2014 | 7:08:11 AM
Re: Not a bad score
I guess we have become so desensitized that we need inventive headlines for human interest stories now.  It's not enough that someone can do something out of the ordinary or that someone has suffered a tragedy we have to build up the suspense for them to get any attention now.  I think that says a lot about how technology has brought us things we never thought we would see.  The world is shrinking so we'll hear more odd stories but it will take a more critical eye to determine what is real and what is trumped up.
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6/29/2014 | 4:05:24 PM
Re : Geekend: Onion Or Real?
@David, thanks for the post. Really interesting collection of headlines. Unfortunately i missed the Speacial geekend salute by just 4 points :). I got the first 4 wrong.
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6/30/2014 | 12:01:59 PM
Re: Onion Or Real?
hahahaha, I actually got every single one of them wrong. I think I tried to 'metagame' it too hard and guess which ones you would plant or frame a certain way to throw us off. For example, of course I could guess that someone, somewhere has gotten stuck in a tree trying to save a cat - it must have happened at least once. However, I also figured the Onion would write an article about a fake instance and ham it up extra hard... and I figured you'd plant it here a 'trick' easy question. Likewise with the ESPN article - I guessed it was real because it would be 'too easy' of a target for a joke... but I guess The Onion likes low-hanging fruit sometimes. As for the guy with the giant arm? Well... you got me on that one.

I think for some of the fakes, I just sort of believe they're true, whether or not the articles in question came from The Onion. The pizza thing, I would guess, would be proven true by a real study (after all, you just wrote about it the other week). maybe not 'the best' example of human cooperation, since that's not really objectively provable (that should have been the giveaway). Likewise with the pigs in a blanket - I actually found myself thinking of summer cookouts and innocent times gone by at the mear mention. As for the Taco Bell thing? Well.... employees aren't supposed to touch some foods with their bare hands/skin - that's a fact (even if Taco Bell food isn't toxic). Just because The Onion also wrote a troll article on something doesn't mean it's not true.
David Wagner
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6/30/2014 | 3:11:42 PM
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That's OK, zerox203. You also get a special salute for your perfect imperfection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWGn6_EH2gM

 


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