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Real or fake?

Real or fake?

As soon as this amateur video of a kid making an incredible shot hit YouTube, the doubters started weighing in, claiming it was a fake. If it IS a fake, it’s an incredible effort that would require some expert video editing—-not to mention the cooperation of dozens of students who perfectly play their parts. (“I played the burly guy in the black T-shirt who ducks just a little bit when the shot is taken. It’s my best work yet.”)

But this is the thing about the times in which we live: any “amazing” video making the rounds, any photo purporting to show two celebrities in a compromising position, any “celebrity sex tape,” will automatically be subject to suspicion. The technology is so advanced, and there are so many people out there who love hoaxing the world, that there will always be doubt in the air.

That will never change. The technology will only get better, and the burden of proving something is authentic will become more and more difficult.

 
 
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