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Friday, April 12, 2013

Today is NOT the day from Back to the Future

One of the dangers of the Internet is how quickly misinformation can spread.  While news reporters usually fact check before releasing a story, most people share content through social media without even thinking to check the validity.  With information spreading online so quickly, it's no wonder people think false claims of celebrity deaths are true, or that "today's the day they traveled to in Back to the Future".  I can't say how many times I've seen people post the one about Back to the Future.  And they're always wrong!
 Daily image from www.MartyMcLIE.com

The real date is October 21st, 2015 and anything that says otherwise is Photoshopped.  Here's the clip from the movie to prove it:

So how did this widespread Internet hoax start?
On July 3rd, 2010, Back to the Future was celebrating its 25th anniversary of its original release from 1985.  This true fact was acknowledged by Twitter user @lateandsoon:

The line he's referring to is in the first movie, when Doc is trying to flee to 25 years into the future before he's shot down by the Libyans.
Excerpt from Back to the Future script

As this tweet was repeated around the Internet, it got misconstrued and 2 days later resulted in a slightly less true tweet from the magazine Total Film:

Original tweet from Total Film

The Total Film followers knew enough to call foul play, and Total Film realized they had shared some bad information.  To acknowledge their mistake, they Photoshopped this image and posting it along with a description:

Photoshopped image created and posted by Total Film
"We got it wrong.  Apparently 5th July 2010 isn't mentioned in Back to the Future.  So we went back and changed it."

This was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek joke to admit they were wrong, but the photo got taken out of context and went viral within 24 hours, with lots of people foolishly thinking it was real.  The next day Total Film wrote a follow-up explaining what happened, but the damage was already done.

Since then this has happened several other times, including another on June 27th, 2012, started as a marketing ploy by Simply Tap.

 I'm hoping this won't happen again because, I mean, come ON:

But in case it does happen again,  you can always check out www.MartyMcLIE.com for a daily updated image to see if it's legit.

Here's another site with a live clock countdown:

I really hope people learn to fact check and be accountable for the furthering of information.  The Internet is a powerful tool when used right, but an equally dangerous tool when misused.  So just for that, I'm also including a link to this Bill Murray video.

And a special thanks to these sites:
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