Sunday, February 28, 2010

Internet memes

Over the years, I’ve seen quite a number of memes with ridiculous claims:

  1. Hotmail plans to charge for their services unless you send this email out to all your contacts!
  2. MSN/ICQ/AOL will start charging for their services unless you send this IM to all your contacts!
  3. A child abductor was spotted in a white van cruising around local schools, email this to ALL your contacts!

Whenever I see these things being passed around, several things concern me:

  1. The lack of fact-checking involved when accepting information from peers.
  2. The lack of business understand from the general public.
  3. People’s perception that they can incite drastic, monumental change by pressing a button, passing an email or joining a Facebook group.

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