I have wanted to write this for some time, so today you get it…one of my “pet peeves,” and yes, we all have them.
Here comes an email with the most dire consequences, quoting someone important or famous. Or it may be a petition, asking you to help counter some nefarious deed being foisted on the people of our great nation. Or it is the recounting of…well, you just know you’ve been expecting it.
Stop! Please…before you forward that juicy morsel of email, that tidbit of absolutely glorious/maddening/wonderful/hideous information, whatever it may be…please, take time to go to one of these two sources of background information. They will help you sort out whether that article is truth…or fiction.
I am sure there are other sites that do a similar job, & if you know of a good source, please send a note telling me of it and I will share it with others…after I check it out, of course.
I am not normally skeptical about things in life, being a life-long optimist. But I have become very cynical and skeptical about most emails purporting to pass on some great and glorious, or dire and destructive piece of information. So I go check.
The first two web sites are great background and sources to check out these “urban legends.” Google is the most popular source of checking most anything. Look at the list that is generated when you “Google” something, and see if there are sources of information you may not have had previously. Go check it out…don’t just pass it on.
Ok…on more pet peeve, as long as I am on a roll. When you do pass something on, PLEASE take the time to delete all extraneous details, addresses, virus notices (ala…”no virus was found…” etc). Make the forward as clean as you can before sending it off. Your friends and relatives will certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness…I hope.
So, about that rumor that I just heard…