Wrong Yong

Who knew photography was so advanced at the turn of the 13th century?

Recently, I was googling Yong Zhao—one of the educators I most respect—and here is the result I got:

Screenshot of Yong Zhao Google search results
Click photo to enlarge and inspect!

My eye was immediately caught, of course, by the large, boxed entry on the right with Yong’s picture.  Then I saw the “born” and “died” dates.  Uh-oh.  Not right.  That smiling face accompanying the Zhao Yong article is the fellow I know, not the ancient Chinese painter, calligrapher, and poet.

No, you can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper, and you can’t believe everything you see on the Internet, either.

One thing I know for sure: here’s a ready-made example for use by anyone teaching media literacy.

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