JRR Tolkein

 

I can connect with WHOM on LinkedIn?

I was on LinkedIn and spotted this “People You May Know” box. My first thought is how did they not spot an obviously fake profile of J.R.R. Tolkein? It made me doubt the filtering capacity of this tool. Then I thought it was pretty funny. It wasn’t until I uploaded this screenshot to my blog that I even noticed the Hatter.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that our comprehension and deductive skills are often called upon when using the internet. We spend much time reading, absorbing, reflecting and digesting the information that is served to us all day long. It’s our job to have a healthy sense of skepticism about what we read. Just recently there was a misquote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. that went viral.

Think before you post. Research before sending “information” along. Snopes is still a reliable source though isn’t good at “right now”. Also check the calendar to see if it’s April Fool’s Day. It wasn’t until I told someone I saw this before I was informed it was an April Fool’s joke. Got me. I’m just really glad I didn’t post this screenshot until I found out what it was really about.

And I don’t think J.R.R. Tolkein will be answering your LinkedIn request.

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