You must have come across the news that ‘Oman has been voted the best country in the world’.
The prize was awarded during the 2015 World Countries Awards, the most prestigious international award ceremony in the world.
Oman also bagged the several other prizes:
- Best Country in the World: Oman
- Most Beautiful Capital City In The World: Muscat
- Best Food in the World: Omani food
- Nicest People on Earth: Omani people
- Smartest people on the Planet: Omani people
- Most Handsome Men in the World: Omani men
- Most Beautiful Women In The World: Omani women
- Most Humble Human Being on the Planet: The Omanis
Not too bad, is it? Lots of people have been commenting, sharing and spreading the news without really verifying its authenticity. It’s all over, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...
The news comes from MediaMass, read the article here, and what some people did not realise is that Media Mass is well known for its...jokes. Media Mass, in fact, describes itself as:
“the medium of our satire to expose with humour, exaggeration and ridicule the contemporary mass production and mass consumption that we observe…
Also it will not only mock the producers (mainstream media, journalists) as it is common when questioning and criticizing mass media, but also the consumers as one cannot exist without the other. Sensationalism, lack of verification of information, ethics and standards issues are only symptoms of the actual social and economic order. This is particularly obvious when observing the role of social networking sites in spreading rumours."
Many news sites, as well as journalists, were fooled in the past and expressed anger and frustration with Media Mass and its fake hoaxes.
So, be careful what you read people, always verify the source.
Having said that, Oman is a fantastic country to live in!