Facebook Sparks Outrage Over Steven Spielberg Poaching A Triceratops
Some days the Internet is a beautiful place, full of helpful information and good humor. And some days it is a pit of ignorance so deep it threatens to drown us all in the bubbling muck. Today is the latter, but not for the reasons you think.
A few days ago, Jay Branscomb posted the following image from 'Jurassic Park' to his 4,500 Facebook followers.
Hahaha! Super cute joke right? Wrong. As with any attempt at satire a couple of people weren't quite ready. These poor souls mistakenly believed that somewhere out there man has not only resurrected this majestic species from the late Cretaceous period but has done so for the express purpose of killing them for sport.
Now I'm not saying we wouldn't do it — we've all seen 'The Most Dangerous Game' and know bored upperclass humans are the worst — I'm just saying we haven't quite reached that point yet. Save that passion though guys! We'll need it in 2070.
But after two or three folks mistook the joke, something even worse happened. An Internet pile on. Suddenly Branscomb's Facebook page was deluged by thousands of people, all of them squawking about "GAWD IT'S A JOKE DUMMY." As of this writing there are over 32,000 shares and nearly 6,000 comments. Dozens of similar sentiments are sprinkled throughout. There's the classic fact checker: