Fears of the LQP-79 virus struck a cord this past week after three horrific cannibal attacks sent shivers down the spine of people across the globe. The vicious and gruesome attacks left people wondering if the world was on the verge of a zombie apocalypse.
Apparently, a website designed to fuel the fire and tell people about the LQP virus made things even worse as people flocked to it and shared it via social networking websites.
However, the website in question was just one big hoax set up by a Florida based web designer who was fed up with people being so gullible.
"The whole underlying point of it was to make a statement about social media and mass hysteria," said creator Alfred Moya. "I spent about an hour and a half on the whole thing and now, five days later, people are still calling from around the world thinking that it's true."
Well, that makes sense since there were actually people out there who were scared straight by the murders and vicious attacks that took place through the week.
Moya wasn't too surprised when he found out that thousands of people believed that the LQP-79 virus existed and were sharing his website with friends.
"The CDC had to come out and make a statement," Moya said. "That shows you how ludicrous and asinine people are that they would call the CDC in the first place."
While it's easy to see his point, it's also easy to see how he played on people's fear -- so he can't really say he is any better than the general media who were feeding on the cannibal stories like a cat on a mouse.
Do you think that it was right of Moya to make his point by getting thousands of people riled up about something that was fake? Playing on the fear of the public isn't funny and even though the media does it quite often, it doesn't make it OK for Moya to blatantly sensationalize something so horrible.
Don't you agree?
Photo courtesy of Miami New Times