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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, March 13th, 2008 04:34 pm
if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate

Email hoaxes and warnings propagate on two levels. The first level, of course, comprises the hundreds of thousands who merrily pass these things along to their entire address books, whether in the spirit of helpfulness or malice.

The second level comprises a subset of the apparent minority who don't fall for the damn things, who may dash off a curt reply consisting of a link to a Snopes article, or a tersely-worded explanation that exposes the gaping hole o' logic in the forwarded message.

The members of this insidious subset are those tempted by the apparent ease with which these ridiculous claims go viral: prizes for testing email tracking systems, dire warnings about carcinogenic NutraSweet, etc. And they want to write better ones, ones with such unprecedented plausibility that everyone on the planet will see it. As if the cumulative effect a billion people clicking that "forward" button, if such a phenomenon could even be tracked, would translate to an awed whisper from the universe of "Dude. That was SO COOL."

I know it's bad that I want to be part of this elite group. But really? It's because I'm not clever enough to pull it off, is pretty much what stops me from trying.

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plaidomatic
plaidomatic
Plaid
Friday, March 14th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)

I play the role of subset number two. However, I don't send it out to anybody but the person who sent the twaddle email to me.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, March 14th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)

Ah, the subset are the cool kids who write new ones. You're a benevolent member of the second level, not the subset.

Or ... are you??


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plaidomatic
plaidomatic
Plaid
Friday, March 14th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

Only on LJ. I do rather enjoy schoolin' the mouthbreathers on LJ.


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Friday, March 14th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)

I keep hoping that someone will pull some sort of Snopes-related hoax.

I wish you wrote more. I like reading your li'l essays.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, March 14th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)

Here's the hoax, man: the Snopes people write all of the hoaxes they later debunk.

Hey, maybe that should be the hoax email I write! Think about it: it's plausible and nearly impossible to disprove, except maybe by linking to this post.

... which means now that I'll have to delete it and kill everyone who's seen it. I'm glad you enjoyed this li'l essay, because it's the last you'll ever read. Sorry man!


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Friday, March 14th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)

That's okay... I'm ready to die now. Long day. heh


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dryad271
dryad271
nitemare hippie girl
Friday, March 14th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)

BRILLIANT


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moskevyu
moskevyu
Axey Moskevyu
Friday, March 14th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)

You *could* come up with something insanely plausible. Really, all you need to do is make friends with an IT developer, get him/her drunk and explore the possibilities.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, March 14th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)

DOH! I fell for it!


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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Friday, March 14th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)

I'm dying of cancer, and also have gangrene growing in my skull.

If you send this on to 20 people, a thing pops up that shows a funny video with a chihuahua!

I basically hate those things. I will admit, though, back in the day. I was ALLLLLLLLL over the scroll emails. You know: "Scroll down super fast and it's animated!" I was OCD enough to make/start no less than 15, and I would be both proud and terrified to learn that they're still around.

I also made bitmap-pixel art. I've basically been glued to a computer screen since I was 3 years old, it's ridiculous.


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fullerton
FULLERTON
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)

A friend and i once contemplated making something up about carrots. Saying that because of the soils they grow in the were causing blindness and old people but there was an ag lobby keeping things from getting out. They kept settling with people out of court etc.

You could try that.


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