HOW A YOUTUBER HOAXED THE WORLD MEDIA

How A YouTuber Hoaxed The World Media
Comments

HOW A YOUTUBER HOAXED THE WORLD MEDIA



Written by Dont Panic
13 Wednesday 13th January 2016

Earlier this month, you might've read reports of 'strange lights', 'spherical lights' or even a 'UFO' hovering above Canberra, Australia, as depicted in a YouTube clip. With an academic describing it as a natural phenomenon and commenters stating they witnessed a strange display, the video's corroboration with other sources helped create the idea that something - maybe not little green men - had happened.  

However, the video's original poster has published a new video showing how he concocted the entire thing on Adobe After Effects. Despite only having the editing tools for a week, Johnson Thompson was able to fool journalists, academics and viewers; the whole thing is sort of inconsequential fun, "oh, how embarrassing, you fooled us!", but brings up other questions as to how thorough investigations are, the reliability of witnesses and how quickly hoaxes can spread.

Don't Panic attempt to credit photographers and content owners wherever possible, however due to the sheer size and nature of the internet this is sometimes impractical or impossible. If you see any images on our site which you believe belong to yourself or another and we have incorrectly used it please let us know at panic@dontpaniconline.com and we will respond asap.



Comments

MORE FROM DON'T PANIC