Don’t lie. We’ve all bought at least one of these stories.
Mine was the homeless pastor hoax. Not in an “Christians are inherently bad” way; more like an “we see it all the time” way. Or maybe it’s more an “I’ve done that sort of thing” way.
We’re all guilty of believing, and reacting to, stories based on an emotional connection we make with it. That connection is what makes news matter to us as consumers.
One of the biggest ideas pushed in journalism, when considering what is or is not news, is “so what?” Why does this story matter to people? Why will they tune in, read, or browse this piece?
Knowing that is finding the golden ticket for those who benefit from the viral Web attention.
So which one drew you in?
See the list here.
Check it out and share which one you didn’t know was a fake in the comments section.