The most viewed post on my blog by far is a KFC hoax (which I clearly reveal is a hoax at the bottom of the post), with 1,413 views. It’s deceptive because every day I get a goodly amount of views on my blog (well, for me), but most are just for the KFC hoax. Nobody much looks at anything else. The most views any posts of my own art got is 46. Hooray! That, by the way, indicates that only roughly 10% of my ostensible followers actually look at my posts. Sobering. I hope to improve on that in the future.
I wondered why my KFC hoax was getting so many views, and caught on that it must show up fairly high on the Google image search. It was on the first page, which surprised me. But today it is number 2. I almost worry that KFC is going to come after me for slander, except that I say that not only is my KFC story a hoax, but so is the popular one about how they had to change their name to KFC because the government wouldn’t let them use the word “chicken” in their name because they use featherless, beak-less, multi-legged and multi-winged, bio-engineered “organisms”.
The irony is that I created the image in order to prove to my English students in a small Chinese university how easy it is to make a hoax. I wanted them to be less gullible, and do a little research when they come across a controversial claim. I taught them to look for the source information and go to it. If there is no source, it’s most likely bogus. We debated whether the story about the mutant chicken was real or a hoax, and I finally clinched it by revealing that I myself had created the photographic evidence in Photoshop.
Of all my art, is the image that is going to most be seen something I threw together in an afternoon as a teaching aid, and is it going to have the exact opposite effect as what I intended? Are people going to see it, not do any research or even read what I wrote in the codicil at the end, and believe it is real?!