This guy got Freshly Pressed, and deservedly so.
For all my family, friends, and acquaintances who wish I would just shut the fuck up and let them believe all manner of nonsense, be it pseudoscience, political or what-have-you.
There are people in my own circle of friends who do this kind of thing all the time, this spreading of disinformation via their own lack of information. What makes me nuts is that several of these people have jobs that are fact-dependent, that require critical thinking or enhanced deductive capabilities. In some cases, lives are in the balance and only a well-considered action is acceptable. Intelligent, detailed, capable people who toss all that shit right out the window when they see a photo with words pasted onto it. Then it’s game on, facts be damned.** Some have been guilty of this since the Fwd:Fwd:Fwd: days, and they have gotten downright pissy with me for calling them out on this willful spread of low-grade ca-ca.
Why do I care, you ask? Because it’s a waste of time. Because I want to believe that the people around me aren’t knee-jerk emotional reactionists willing to dispense with logic because the internet is such a shining bastion of quality information. Because it takes no time at all to stop, consider, and question. Because truth is better than bullshit. Because right is better than wrong, especially when wrong does nothing to move us forward.
So, when I send back your email with links to Snopes or other information correcting your error, or comment on your BS Facebook posting, this is why. Truth matters. Always.
More than that, I love you and I don’t want you to look like a fool.