A photo of a man holding a sign with an ironic misspelling at an anti-vaccine protest has gone viral, but he’s not actually an anti-vaccination protester. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Satire is notoriously difficult to recognize online. In fact, as this TruthorFiction.com fact-check about the “scietists” counter-protester points out, it’s an example of an internet axiom called Poe’s Law which holds that “a parody of something extreme can be mistaken for the real thing, and if a real thing sounds extreme enough, it can be mistaken for a parody.” Also, while this sign is authentic, it’s good to keep in mind that protest signs are easy targets for photo manipulation that misrepresents a group or cause.
- “Counter-demonstrator uses satire in support of science at hospital protests” (Caryn Ceolin, 680 News).
- “‘I Know More Than the Scietists’ Protester” (Kim LaCapria, TruthorFiction.com).
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