Caution in an age of fakery

It is of course true that in modern times absolutely everything can be faked. Photos can be faked, video can be faked, audio can be faked, testimony can be faked, hmm, probably even memories can be faked. And while advances in forensic investigation techniques enable experts to detect and highlight fakery, the masses are still easily fooled. So, yes, exercise caution when news comes to you. It is okay to be suspicious and to probe. But better to adopt a position of “I don’t know” than an absolute, “I am convinced” one way or the other. There is always a possibility that a mass of evidence has been fabricated in its entirety; on the other hand, it may be absolutely legitimate. Caution is a good thing, but we must exercise it equally on all sides and not just when it favours our friends.

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