gullible?  

rm_wetme1963 53F
29 posts
7/7/2006 9:31 am

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12/9/2006 6:46 pm

gullible?

why must we all be so gullible? and why do we feel the need to pass unresearched information on to our communities?
those things that appeal to our hearts are the most abused types of junkmail on the net, in my opinion. please, before you pass on heartwarming or heartwrenching stories, validate your information via a hoax website. the most recent i have seen here can be seen at snopes website, check it out! (i'm just here to help)


rm_gwalker_oh 55M
54 posts
7/8/2006 1:34 pm

Of course the definition of "due" in the phrase "due diligence" depends very largely on the nature of the material being sent, the purpose, and the recipient(s).

Since you're mentioning "things that appeal to our hearts", well, it's like good mythology. The actual veracity of it doesn't matter, it's the lesson it carries. Like that business of the 14 year old girl and the undercover cop which you and I read about on someone's blog lately (that's how I ended up looking at your blog, btw). Perfect example. Who cares if it's true or not? It's valuable either way.

I did visit the snopes as you suggested. Random sampling: followed linkage to "Risqué Business" (how can I resist?), thru to "Mistaken Identities" (thinking *this* should be interesting). (OK not so random!). Tales of parent meeting child via internet hook-up -- ouch! Once again, whether true or not, these are sobering stories. Slightly more entertaining: the halloween party, sex between people with confused identity. Frankly, I don't see how one could have sex with his/her spouse and not recognize!

Is it gullible to draw a lesson or some inspiration or something from these things? I wonder. Hey! just don't start asking me for money, or worse, my bank account number. Sure I'd love to facilitate your transfer from Uganda to the U.S. of a hundred million dollars, and keep ten percent. Where do I sign up? yeah, right!

Take care! -G.


rm_wetme1963 replies on 7/8/2006 11:18 pm:
well i suppose i am going to have to learn to be more thorough. i did state that it is a very valid possibility, but i did it in the original blog i found it in. I have also reprimanded my own child about giving out seemingly innocent information. my issue is... after having been on the net some ten years now, off and on, i'm still gettin the same bullshit emails from ppl panicking, headline reading, "pass this on!!!!!" or some such message of urgency. then ppl like my mom start telling me how dangerous it is to meet ppl from the net. lol. my mom. im 42. now do you think i should take her advice, "G"? and where exactly is your batman costume? or was that...ahem....zorro? GOTCHA!!!!

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