by Da'Von B.
Rumor – a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts.
The definition is the first point because there seems to be a misunderstanding of what exactly the word means within the tech press in general. There’s an interesting post regarding the steps one took at spreading a rumor. It’s an interesting read where after 6 hours of posting such falsified information major sites caught onto the news and began writing up the information as fact. The best tidbit from this individual who doesn’t work for in this case Microsoft is this piece here;
The games industry is the only one I can think of that will quite happily publish guesswork as news. So-called ‘analysts’ are no different – they make money by guessing. They’re about as much use as a ‘source’ as I am.
This isn’t just applied to gaming this applies to every tech site imaginable who get a whiff of a rumor and begin spreading such rumor as fact at record breaking speed; Mashable, ForbesTech, Engadget, Gizmodo, etc the list is so vast it’s ridiculous. Many analysts read these rumors and begin their imaginary and quite simply unreasonable forecasts based on this false information they’ve read that hold no truth to them in any way, in some cases they defend this rumor after it’s been verified that the information is untrue…take that as you will. But head over to the site to see in detail the process in which this individual prepared a falsified story to see how much the fire would spread. Spoiler alert: the fire spread pretty fast.