Facts & Rumors

by Da'Von B.

People have a way of writing or “reporting” (must be placed in quotation marks because a lot of tech sites haven’t the slightest idea of what reporting actually means) rumors as facts only to be debunked and backtrack on their initial articles. This can be seen at Forbes Tech, Mashable, Fast Company, there’s actually and extensive list.

Obviously tech sites become confused with facts and rumors so here’s the best way to break things down:

Fact: 

  1. Something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
  2. Something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
  3. A truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
  4. Something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
  5. Law . Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.

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Rumor:

  1. A story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts: a rumor of war.
  2. Gossip; hearsay: Don’t listen to rumor.
  3. Archaic . a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.

Dictionary.com

It would be difficult to confuse or mix up the ideology behind a fact and a rumor, unfortunately for very established tech & news sites the confusion has reached a level that is essentially unprecedented. It’s important to be very wary of what one may read when the writer of said story doesn’t provide actual sources of where this information came from, yes we do occasionally see “sources familiar with the matter” and a majority of the time those sources don’t exist (which would then cause concern for their sanity, but that’s another story), or they’ve heard from an analyst…an analyst. It’s been said before not all analysts are seemingly strung out on some hallucinagen but there are a lot that seem to be as they provide random information that’s either A. Illogical or B. Simply made up.

In the event that you read a tech blog/site (even major news publishers like CNN are getting ahead of themselves reporting rumor as fact), try to remember if you see “based on our sources”, “sources familiar with the matter”, or “an analyst has stated” at all costs that story must be taken with a grain of salt until the facts come out.

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