Oh crap…. He’s on one!
Actually, by sharing this, you ARE more likely to help save a life, or protect an endangered species, or stop someone getting car jacked, or help raise money for truly needy charities and programs…
Money scams, charity requests, sick kids, murderers, stalkers of women drivers, dead soldiers, freebies, Facebook charges….. and OMG LOOK WHAT THIS GIRL WAS CAUGHT DOING BY HER DAD…….
Rather than fuelling the crap, why not check the validity of it at somewhere like snopes.com first?
I know you mean well…. but…… ARGH!!!!
You see, every time I see a scam ‘Share this to help raise money for this child with cancer‘ story in my Facebook feed, or a tweet… even if it is well meaning… a little bit of me dies.
Okay, so technically a little piece of all of us is dying all the time, as cells die and new ones regenerate… but that’s beside the point…
Most of the stories are scams and falsehoods (verily).
They are contrived rubbish DESIGNED to make people want to spread them around.
Yes…. People are arseholes who prey on other people.
At best, all these continuous ‘PLEASE SHARE THIS!!! URGENT‘ etcetera stories just numb people, and eventually, like the kid who cried……
“WOLF!!!! OH SHITOSHITOSHIT“
…….people just ignore them, they become blasé …. and in doing so, the REAL stories… the REAL advice… the REAL charities…. that GOOD stuff gets ignored too.
Whilst I’m way up here on this high (but extremely valid) horse, please….please…. don’t say things like;
“Well, maybe the one legged child didn’t save the leprous old woman, but it’s a lovely story about human nature…”
…because it isn’t. You’ve just made more people ignore REAL messages. You’ve just killed a rain forest and let more people die from an illness that NEEDED real help. Moron.
You’ll most likely find the messages, status updates, tweets etcetera, are variations of old emails that were written to make people spread the sad tales around, whilst actually spreading an attached virus that you didn’t know about.
Same goes for the emails, texts and messages that say:
“Send this to 5 friends right now or an elephant will shit on your car and your first born will be born terminally stupid“.
Then people say “What harm can it do to share it? Ho ho!!!“… apart from the virus it may carry… or the fact that people will just end up ignoring relevant information you send them because they are so used to the bogus stuff you send out…. well…. no harm at all… Although are you really that crazed to think forwarding on this pap will actually get you some good luck… or do you really fear the bad things that might happen if you don’t forward it on?
Are you really from the Middle Ages?
Look, just extinguish that witch you are burning and stop worrying that the sky is falling and CHECK YOUR FACTS FIRST….
If you want to share something, it’s not better to be safe than sorry… it’s better TO BE RIGHT.
Less fictional, poorly researched crap means people take note of the real news, the real information…. I’m sure I’ve said that enough now….
So you see… by sharing THIS blog entry, and getting people to check sites such as snopes.com first before blindly sharing and posting bogus information, well…. you could save a life…. because the less cries of wolf there are, the more likely it is that people will take notice of the real stories again… and then those people might help the child, donate to charity, stop the internet virus…
So, next time you see some repeated repeated repeated status update, tweet, message, email etc…. then share this blog entry with that person….