We lives in a new generation where information is overloaded and oversupply. Couple with the need for speed, demand can never catch up with supply of new information, thus some irresponsible people will try to bridge the gap between demand and supply by speculating.
MSNBC has covered the missing MH370 flight these past two weeks, but they haven’t been defined by that coverage nearly as much as CNN has, and Thursday night, Chris Hayes tore into both CNN and Fox News for promoting “completely baseless speculation” that ends up scaring the crap out of viewers for no reason whatsoever. Hayes started things off with the wince-inducing clip of CNN’s Don Lemon speculating on the possibility of a black hole to explain how cable news is getting more and more “creative” to fuel viewer demand for missing plane coverage with the short supply of news they have to work with. And most of the speculation is “relatively harmless,” as Hayes put it, but then he started going after the “paranoid” theories peddled on cable news that the plane is being made into a terror device and could possibly be targeting Israel. Hayes sent a message to CNN and Fox News that they need to stop scaring viewers in the need to fill airtime.
Before sharing anything, it is always important to verify the news and fotos you found on Facebook, Twitter and more.
Method 1 – Google Reverse Image Search ‘Search by Image’
Now you can explore the web in an entirely new way by beginning your Google search with an image. Learn more about images on the web and your own photos. Watch the video to learn how to perform this simple task on Google. Share this new found information with your friends on Facebook
Google Search by Image feature is not the only reverse image search provider in the market, there are a few alternatives. They are:
- Bing Image Match – Currently only available in US
- TinEye – Their database is not as big as Google
- More – 15 reverse image search engine
Method 2 – Digital Image Forensics for Photoshopped Photos
Image forensics is about detecting if an image has been manipulated or tampered with. Basically what it does is it checks the metadata, the noise level and more. Noise level increase as an image gets photoshopped again and again. Without further ado, here are top 3 free image forensic services.
- Ghiro – Fully automated and open source digital image forensics
- Digital Image Forensic Analysis
Method 3 – Verify the Author
There are other methods, from using Google Maps to Wikipedia. You can even check the owner of the domain name with all the free ‘Whois’ services. Another method is to use Google Advanced Search.