The Hoax Of Stallone's Death Holds An Important Message For The Public

The Hoax Of Stallone's Death Holds An Important Message For The Public

If there’s one thing we all can learn from this prank, it’s that we should all be more careful and skeptical of the news we see and read every day.

Many were shocked this week at the apparent death of a film legend and all-American icon, Sylvester Stallone. Short news blurbs like the one below appeared across the Internet and flooded social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, prompting thousands of mournful reactions from longtime fans of the film icon.

The public was hit again with another surprise shortly after, when the entire story was revealed to be a hoax, with major news outlets spreading the word that Stallone was, in fact, alive and well. Stallone himself used his own Instagram to confirm that he was alive, healthy, and “still punching.” While the hoax may have been a simple amusement to most, I wonder if this incident may be an indication of how easily we accept news we see on social media and other, typically less credible news sites.

Despite the fact that the phrase, "fake news," has become somewhat of a meme online, I think that it is very important that we carefully analyze and fact-check information that we come across every day, no matter where it comes from. Though it may not seem like it, buying into misleading or fabricated news can have potentially disastrous effects for everyone involved.

Just last year, a false piece of news emerged on the official twitter of the Associated Press, claiming that the White House had been hit by an explosion, injuring then-President Obama and the First Lady. Though the news was quickly corrected and apologies were issued, the four minutes it took for the corrections to be made were enough for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index to tick down one percent, resulting in billions of dollars temporarily disappearing.

I myself was shocked when I first saw the news while scrolling through Facebook. I quickly learned of the hoax while reading the comments, though I wonder how long I would have waited before fact-checking the story myself.

It would be interesting to perhaps conduct a poll or something asking others how long it took them to realize the truth. I’m sure that there is at least one person who heard the “news” and hasn’t been brought up to speed yet and many others who never heard anything in the first place.

If there’s one thing we all can learn from this prank, it’s that we should all be more careful and skeptical of the news we see and read every day.

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If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

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6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

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May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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