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The Truth As They Know It

January 6, 2013

This week I thought I’d share a conversation that I overhead in the food court at the mall the other day. It took place between two teenage (13 or 14 year old) boys and had me shaking my head for hours afterwards.  It went something like this:

Boy 1

[pulls a video game out of a bag and stares rapturously at it]

“Man this is the wickedest game EVER.”

Boy 2

[takes the game from his friend, turns it over, and studies the graphics on the box intensely]

“Says who?”

Boy 1

“The guy from [???*]”

Boy 2


Boy 1

[shoots his friend a look of disbelief]

“The guy from [???*]! He writes these totally wicked reviews about video games on his website and he posts videos about them on YouTube. He’s, like, a video game genius or something.”

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*NOTE: I honestly did not ‘get’ what he said here (even though he said it twice)

Boy 2

[furrows his brow and passes the game back to Boy 1]

“Just because some guy’s got a website and puts videos on YouTube doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about. You can’t believe everything you read online you know.”

Boy 1

[puts the game back in the bag and gives his friend a disdainful look]

“Yeah, I know that. But what he said about this game has gotta be true. I mean, he’s the best game reviewer out there.”

Boy 2 

“How do you know?”

Boy 1

“I read it on the Internet.”

I can’t help but wonder what they’ll believe to be ‘true’ (about the world and the people in it) when they reach … the other side of 55.


  1. January 20, 2013 9:50 pm

    It isn’t just the youngsters who believe everything they see on the internet, is it!

    • January 21, 2013 9:33 am

      The world is filled with so much misinformation, I’m surprised anyone can keep it straight (and, let’s face it, sometimes the fiction is just a lot more fun to believe than the truth!)


  2. January 7, 2013 12:16 pm

    It’s depressing and almost scary to think about what the world will be like when those boys (and our grandchildren) make it to this side of 55. Yikes!

    • January 7, 2013 1:10 pm

      I agree. Will they be capable of managing businesses and running governments (or will they just keep waiting for someone else to do it for them)?!?!?


  3. Cathy permalink
    January 6, 2013 2:47 pm

    Although you may not have intended it this way, this week’s blog reads like a joke! Very funny. Hopefully Boy 1 smartens up fast.

  4. January 6, 2013 11:25 am

    Hahahah someone needs to tell them the truth about ‘truths’ on the Internet.

    Was he speaking about ‘Zero Punctuation’ by Ben ‘Yahtzee’ by any chance? This guy is probably the most popular game reviewer right now, and he posts his reviews as videos on YouTube.

    • January 6, 2013 12:41 pm

      That could have been it – honestly, it sounded like he was speaking in Klingon! I loved the juxtaposition of the him telling his friend he ‘knew’ not to believe everything he saw online and then following up with the claim that what he was saying was ‘true’ just because that’s where he’d seen it. Funny at first; sad in retrospect.



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