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(The New Republic)   Around 11 percent of newspapers fell for a fake story that said around 11 percent of Americans think HTML is an STD   (newrepublic.com) divider line 53
    More: Fail, STD, HTML, Americans, Columbia Journalism Review, technological change, Sam Zell, doses, Digital Trends  
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2014-03-05 04:37:34 PM  
So eleven newspapers were fooled?
 
2014-03-05 04:38:10 PM  
Well, HTML is a web design std(standard)...
 
2014-03-05 04:38:17 PM  
I'm more disturbed by the number of people who work in HTML who believe it's a programming language.
 
2014-03-05 04:39:24 PM  
I believed it. It was entirely believable. Does that make me a pessimist?
 
2014-03-05 04:39:25 PM  
The yellow journalists that are the bootlicking indoctrinated loser useful idiots of the Police State.

Born into the Orwellian newspeak and indoctrinated by public schools, these new yellow loser MSM journalists lick the boots of the police state and reprint anything as truth.
 
2014-03-05 04:43:56 PM  
Fools.  The actual number is 43%.
 
2014-03-05 04:44:24 PM  

zeio: The yellow journalists that are the bootlicking indoctrinated loser useful idiots of the Police State.

Born into the Orwellian newspeak and indoctrinated by public schools, these new yellow loser MSM journalists lick the boots of the police state and reprint anything as truth.


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-05 04:45:32 PM  
Doesn't surprise me.  Surveys and questionnaires are perfect for farking with.  It's free entertainment for me to make up ridiculous lies and I don't really give a fark about their results.
 
2014-03-05 04:46:09 PM  

JNowe: I'm more disturbed by the number of people who work in HTML who believe it's a programming language.


I'm not. IT folks and web designers have been trying to pass themselves off as real programmers for as long as they have existed.
 
2014-03-05 04:47:05 PM  
As well as Fark, if I recall.
 
2014-03-05 04:48:02 PM  
11% just don't think at all. Another 50% don't have any farking idea what HTML is.
 
2014-03-05 04:48:15 PM  
Opposite is true.

If you use HTML you are less likely to catch an STD.


/ or even have sex
 
2014-03-05 04:48:25 PM  
The HTML generated from Word is certainly worse than getting thrush
 
2014-03-05 04:49:30 PM  
Is the number reported too low?
 
2014-03-05 04:49:38 PM  
 
2014-03-05 04:50:40 PM  
I bet a lot of people clicked on that article, too.
I didn't.

I know they don't know what HTML stands for, most of them, but I'm not giving them credit for not knowing what's crawling on their crotches.
 
2014-03-05 04:50:58 PM  
Intrusive New Republic STD HTML pop-forward?


farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2014-03-05 04:52:13 PM  
LOL at the Farktards who were commenting in the other thread about this as if it were the fall of society that someone didn't know what a Blu-Ray disc was. Looks like you're the dummy.
 
2014-03-05 04:52:51 PM  
This similar article was greenlighted a few days ago. Subby failed!
 
2014-03-05 04:53:59 PM  

JNowe: I'm more disturbed by the number of people who work in HTML who believe it's a programming language.


That may well be because the acronym ends with "Language".  In reality, it should probably be HTMSript.

Although, nowadays, so much is done with CSS and JS in hand with HTML, it's almost like they are all lumped together as one, even though they are actually 3 completely different things with different rules, usage, and syntax.
So I can see how some people make that mistake.
 
2014-03-05 04:54:54 PM  

ToastTheRabbit: I believed it. It was entirely believable. Does that make me a pessimist?


A realist.
 
2014-03-05 04:55:26 PM  
What if this story is fake?

media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-05 04:57:45 PM  
Around 112% of farkers don't care.
 
2014-03-05 04:58:29 PM  
Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.
 
2014-03-05 04:59:07 PM  
I wonder when the American People are going to tire of being lied to and hold the media accountable for the garbage that they publish as "fact?"


/who the fark am I kidding?
//entertainment society
///slashies come in threes
 
2014-03-05 05:00:02 PM  
Uh, subby...

FTA:

The survey itself may not exist, though.

10 Yetis, Vouchercloud's P.R. firm, had responded to a request for comment, telling the magazine, "It's a completely real study and survey that we sent out to a large database. I've read the claims I know exactly what you're talking about, but it is a real tried and tested method. We're quite well known in the U.K. for doing these. It's 100% genuine and what we do is 100% valid."


So the company that circulated it says it's real, I'd say your headline needs a little revamping itself, or you need to link to an article that specifically debunks the study in question. All you've got here is one that says it may or may not be real, but isn't it funny how people jump on a conclusion and post it all over the internet without bothering to verify their facts?

Interesting...
 
2014-03-05 05:01:24 PM  
So I can lay off the penicillin?
 
2014-03-05 05:02:08 PM  

durbnpoisn: JNowe: I'm more disturbed by the number of people who work in HTML who believe it's a programming language.

That may well be because the acronym ends with "Language".  In reality, it should probably be HTMSript.


Although, nowadays, so much is done with CSS and JS in hand with HTML, it's almost like they are all lumped together as one, even though they are actually 3 completely different things with different rules, usage, and syntax.
So I can see how some people make that mistake.


I think HTML already describes it perfectly, because it is a  markup language. "Scripting" implies the use of logic, something that markup languages do not do.
 
2014-03-05 05:03:54 PM  
15% probably fell for the hoverboard story..

//people are gullible, so what's new?
 
2014-03-05 05:05:43 PM  
Getting pretty sick of the click-herders using fake news and shiatty surveys.  THAT'S what's farking up the net and the minds of people who are on it.  That and crappy porn.
 
2014-03-05 05:06:45 PM  
Fisher suggests that we will find an equilibrium, as outlets-and advertisers-see the benefit not only of clicks (and therefore speed) but of brand credibility (and therefore of accuracy and quality content).

So maybe if we stop clicking on Daily Mail links they'll go away?
 
2014-03-05 05:08:33 PM  

umad: JNowe: I'm more disturbed by the number of people who work in HTML who believe it's a programming language.

I'm not. IT folks and web designers have been trying to pass themselves off as real programmers for as long as they have existed.


You don't consider writing a web site in Python, Ruby, PHP etc. to be  real programming? Granted, not all "web designers" do this type of work, but I wouldn't discount the whole field.

FWIW, I work in IT, and  I haven't met anyone in an IT department who tries to pass themselves off as a programmer. I think people are clear on the difference, I wouldn't expect the software developers to design or maintain the network/server infrastructure either.
 
2014-03-05 05:09:41 PM  

obenchainr: Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.


i59.tinypic.com

The lack of capitalization on the word "who" confused me for a moment. Then I LOL'd.
 
2014-03-05 05:10:51 PM  
I was told to install a Cisco "soft phone" on my laptop.

s14.postimg.org
Pretty soft...
 
2014-03-05 05:11:58 PM  

fusillade762: obenchainr: Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.

[i59.tinypic.com image 492x93]

The lack of capitalization on the word "who" confused me for a moment. Then I LOL'd.


The MP3 one made me laugh as well as "motherboard".
 
2014-03-05 05:12:01 PM  
Anybody remember the Cambodian Midget Fight League vs. the African Lion?

http://www.newturfers.com/mwf/attach/38/355838/BBCNEWSWorldLionMutil at es42MidgetsinCambodianRing-Fight.htm
 
2014-03-05 05:12:29 PM  
It depends on the socket layer and other protocols, as to whether you're going to get an STD or UFIA from HTML... or a Proxy.
 
2014-03-05 05:15:46 PM  
You are all missing the point.

HTML can be pre-processed, serialized and expressed as recursive, transmittable subunits in ways that are FAR more flexible that what people currently use

/expert, if i say so myself (and I do)
 
2014-03-05 05:17:02 PM  

obenchainr: Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.


Aha! So all the people reluctant to believe the story and jump into this story claiming the original people were fooled were themselves fooled by a gun jumping article admonishing the jumping of guns!
 
2014-03-05 05:19:05 PM  

obenchainr: Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.


"The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. "

a coupons website...

a coupons website?!

talk about a thin reed to stake your journalistic integrity on.

Because if there is one demographic that America should be interested in the technical opinions of, that's of those who can't figure out how to uninstall the toolbar that that shareware installed on their browser.
 
2014-03-05 05:19:09 PM  

Mytch: obenchainr: Uh, LATimes is standing by the article, and has published a statement and link to the original study.  Their full statement.

Aha! So all the people reluctant to believe the story and jump into this story claiming the original people were fooled were themselves fooled by a gun jumping article admonishing the jumping of guns!


fixed my accidentaly
 
2014-03-05 05:19:15 PM  
For the lazy: the full study results.

Study of 2,392 US nationals, all aged 18 and over.

Gigabyte
1 An insect commonly found in South America 27%
2 Unit measure for digital information 61%
3 A large mouthful of food 12%

 Blue Sky Thinking
1 An open-minded approach 45%
2 Thinking about sky that is blue 31%
3 Star gazing 24%

 SEO
1 Safe Energy Optimisation 41%
2 Standard Engine Output 36%
3 Search Engine Optimisation 23%

 Migraine
1 An intense headache 68%
2 A type of rice 29%
3 The act of moving country 3%

 USB
1 A standard connection for different technical devices 82%
2 Acronym for country in Europe 12%
3 A type of bean 6%

 Texting
1 Sending a message on a mobile device 97%
2 Writing long passages of text by hand 2%
3 Writing code for the internet 1%

 Motherboard
1 The printed circuit board in a computer 54%
2 The deck of a cruise ship 42%
3 The name for a female managing director 4%

 Dialect
1 A bowel illness 6%
2 Doctor who cyborgs 3%
3 A form of speech specific to a region 91%

 MP3
1 Encoding format for digital audio 62%
2 A cleaning product 15%
3 Star Wars Robot 23%

 Blu-Ray
1 A soul singer famous in the 1930s 12%
2 Marine animal 18%
3 An optical disc format for storage of HD video & audio 70%

 Hash Browns
1 A shoe brand 5%
2 Pan fried potato pieces 81%
3 A word or phase used on social media with the # sign 14%

 Software
1 Programs used to operate computers 73%
2 Furnishings and home accessories 12%
3 Comfortable clothing 15%

 Jargon
1 Words used by professionals which may be hard to understand 83%
2 A planet in our solar system 5%
3 A type of meat 12%

 HTML
1 The main road structure throughout England 10%
2 Sexually-transmitted disease 11%
3 Programming language used to make websites 79%

 Scientology
1 An extra-curriculum science lesson 18%
2 A religious system 69%
3 A cocktail which glows in the dark 13%

 Tablet Computer
1 A computer that reminds users about tablet medication and when to take it 2%
2 A mobile computer 88%
3 A computer chip the size of a pill 10%

 Is it important to have a good knowledge of technology in this day and age?
1 Yes 61%
2 No 39%
 
2014-03-05 05:21:21 PM  
That's a study?
 
2014-03-05 05:24:17 PM  

addy2: That's a study?


It's an education, certainly.  But yeah, it's more of a survey, but they call it a study themselves, so...
 
2014-03-05 05:31:49 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-05 05:41:20 PM  
Subby: I see what you did there.
 
2014-03-05 05:52:04 PM  
Given a survey like that I'd likely choose the oddest answer just for the chuckles. So, the results seems reasonable for a survey like that. Besides, I doubt the results of a real survey that gave a wrong answer that sorta directly goes with the word would likely have a similar result.
 
2014-03-05 05:54:31 PM  
trick question. HTML is when you get Herpes, Tetanus, Mumps and Lupus from a single sexual experience.
 
2014-03-05 06:05:29 PM  
Let me guess, the number was too low?
 
2014-03-05 06:14:27 PM  
It's close enough to the Elvis Factor that it's totally plausible.

For those who don't know,
The Elvis Factor is 10% of the population still believe Elvis is still alive. 6% think if you write him a letter, he'll respond to it.

Now that that is out of the way, go look at Congress's approval rating.
 
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