Monday, January 14, 2008

And The Truth Shall Set You Free . . .

Michigan's primary is only about a day away and Super Tuesday is looming. Need a great place to get informed on the candidates? Check out this site. There are many, many more, but I liked how this one laid out the information. I was talking to a friend tonight and I was shocked by the misinformation that is out there. Regardless of which candidate I choose to vote for, I need the truth (if that is even possible these days). I need to do my due diligence and find out who these people are--I'm simply not so sure that the debates are telling me much. One thing is for certain, you CAN'T trust the media. Sure, you can listen to it . . . but you can't rely on it as your only source of information. The whole idea of truth seems relative in the political and media worlds . . . I don't think the truth should be relative (as in "Dependent on or interconnected with something else; not absolute".) I think it should be absolute. If it isn't, then we can bend it, color it, massage it, beat it, mold it, coat it, wrap it . . . until it is really just a big lump of fiction.

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This whole concept of truth is important even with something like, well, say those overabundant forwarded e-mails about sick children that I need to donate money to, those stories about underarm deodorant and other seemingly innocuous items that cause cancer, the crazy story of the man who folded himself in a shoe box and mailed himself to his mother (OK, I made that one up, but someone might believe it), those chain mails that that promise death and destruction if you don't forward to at least 20 people and then proceed to tell you how people have fallen ill or worse when they neglected to forward (I HATE these!), or those e-mails that tell you Bill Gates or some other zillionaire or big company is giving stuff away if you just do XYZ. Whatever it is, it drives me bonkers that I am still getting these e-mails--they are a major pet peeve of mine. Now, they are usually from those I love (my Great Aunt Alice or my little cousin John) and not meant to clog my in box or irritate the beejeebies out of me, but they do.

So, what do I do when I get them? I go to SNOPES and check out their validity. From what is REALLY in Coke to Obama's actual religious background, Snopes is great at uncovering the truth. Now, I am not paid for this endorsement of Snopes (though it would be so cool if I was because I tell just about everyone about them), but what I am is hopeful that it will decrease the number of "Read this, it is true" e-mails I get from Great Aunt Alice. One can only hope . . .

What is the most ridiculous forward you have ever gotten? I hate getting them, but I love hearing about them!

10 comments:

MamaGeek said...

I keep getting this same email saying they're are thugs hiding in Target near the pharmacy that jump you for your prescription refills. COME ON PEOPLE. Start getting original.

abby p said...

I hate those chain mails! According to them I should have had all sorts of horrible luck, including death, dismemberment, and probably even worse things happen, all because I "clicked and deleted" the message instead of forwarding it on. Oh, how I hate chain mail.

Cecily R said...

Ugghh. Those e-mails!! I have a friend that sends them to me constantly. She is a major bleeding heart and buys into them all. I finally started sending her the Snopes links. :)

Kari & Kijsa said...

We especially do not like the ones that scare you!!...you know- the threats of muggers waiting in the wal-art parking lot...the heads up on kidnapping your children...the 'safety alerts'...we have 'snoped' these as well- while sounding scary, most have turned out to be complete hoaxes. The best e-mail we ever received was a satire on all the ones you have talked about- laughed for days!! (And they didn't even make us forward it!!!...but we did!!!!)

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I hate theose emails so BAD. I get them from my MIL all the time. When I'm feeling mean, I'll look it up on Snopes and send her back the "this is a hoax" article. Not that it will ever stop her from just hitting that forward button. Gah!

Kathryn said...

I can't stand forwards. I always go to truthorfiction.com to see if they are valid or not. It is a great site.

Lindsey said...

I, actually, have a million dollars somewhere in Nigeria...if only I could send them my personal infomation. Aren't you jealous?

I do love snopes and check there often.

LaskiGal said...

Ooh . . . Kathryn, good mention: truthorfiction.com

If anyone has any other sites to check the validity of these chain mails, e-mails, forwards, odd voices (maybe that one is just me . . . ), let us know!

Here's one of those anti-chain letters: http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~sorenson/chain-let.html

Anyone find some other "anti" chain letters . . . they are a hoot!

Beth is wfg said...

You know what i hate most about chain mails and forwards? It's not even all the misinformation that's in them (although, I too have passed along info from snopes to incessant chain mailers). It's the fact that some people seem to consider these their way of "KEEPING IN TOUCH" with me! WTF? Sending me this forward in no way informs me of your life, nor inquires about mine! It's not keeping in touch!

woo. I feel better now. thanks for letting me get that off my chest! ;)

Pam said...

I love Snopes too! I have to tell my dear MIL all the time that these things are fakes....she always thinks it is real.

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