Reality Rule 4.2: Should a suitably dramatic picture of a major event not exist, one will be created.
This rule was in full effect during Hurricane Irene, as twitterers by the thousands shared fake hurricane photos with each other. The NY Times Technology Blog
has collected some of the more popular ones:
Widely claimed to show Irene approaching North Carolina, this is really a photo of a storm approaching Pensacola, Florid
a around three weeks ago.
An image of the East River flooding was an old image taken during a previous storm
(though I don't know which previous storm). Someone scanned and posted it.
A shot of the Times Square subway station flooding was, again, an old image recycled to become Hurricane Irene. It was actually taken in 1996 when a water main burst and flooded the station