Seriously Guys, Fact Check!

by: Paula Colli

We have always been told to never believe what we see on the Internet. What has changed? Simple, we now rely on the Internet more than we have ever done before. When we aren’t sure of an answer, our instinct is to “Google it”. But still you should not believe everything you here on the Internet.

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Even as we are assaulted by false memes, a simple search is all we need to get our answers. But who are we kidding, we can be (are) lazy individuals. For example, how many of us have believed this story?

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(Raises hand guiltily) Oops. This post has been shared many times, and of course many of us bought it. The post tells a sad story of non-other than our favorite prince, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith. In this episode, he encounters his father and believes in his intentions to be a part of his life, but later realizes they have all been lies. The scene shown above is supposedly unscripted, apparently depicted his relationship with his real father. But guess what!? It’s so not true. Smith once talked to Essence about the relationship to his father.

“Dad was tough but not tyrannical,” Smith told Essence. “He kept me in line. He’d get this look that said, ‘One more step, Will, and it’ll get ugly.’ He was an independent businessman-he set up refrigeration in supermarkets-and he always provided for us. He’s a steady and positive figure in my life.”

So apparently, it is true, we should not believe everything we see on the Internet, that is not to say that it is all a lie, but we can always double check. The example presented above may not be an important issue, but imagine if it was, wouldn’t you prefer to be correctly informed. Fact check, be the know-it-all, it isn’t that bad. I think.

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