Most of us use computers and email in this country. Computers are no longer a young professional item only. My Mother is 60, has and uses a computer and uses email. I have friends and family all over the country, and across board, they have the similar skills. Email is a wonderful thing, but comes with issues.
I love the connection to people and the world. Staying in touch with family and friends, finding lost friends from the past, searching music, health, the weather in DC… It is all so cool.
I have taken it upon myself to be consistent in both opinions and actions. I decided a long time ago that if something is worth complaining about, it is worth doing something about. It is way too easy to sit on the sideline and complain at social failure while doing nothing to solve the problem.
If I could throw away one thing off your computer, it would be the FORWARD button for emails. I hate most the mail that is forwarded to me. The fact that poorly written mistruths and lies are sent to a large group of people with 1 button makes me angry. The fact that most of the mail is riddled with guilt and manipulation to self propagate it’s own existence is annoying enough, but the continued mindless FORWARD of these social plagues must be educated back to the graveyard where lies, guilt and fear belong.
Dang that sounds Heavy, but it really bothers people “That Much.” I have collected a large file of what I call VooDoo FORWARDS and some amazing mail that addresses this issue. Unfortunately, I can only use a few of the forward hating emails due to the depth of passion and frustration leading to writing these responses and the use of anger and profanity making it too much for this page. The following is a favorite since it lists many of the topics that this mail has included
"I won't get bad luck, lose my friends, lose my mailing lists, hear any music or see a cool pop up screen if I don't forward this.
Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money, Victoria Secret doesn't know anything about a gift certificate they're supposed to send me and Ford will not give me a 50% percent discount even if I HAVE forwarded my e-mail to more than 50 people.
I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons or freebees from Coke Cola, Cracker Barrel, or Old Navy if I send this to 10 people who don't know who I am anyway. I will NEVER see a pop up window if I forward this....NEVER!!!!
My phone will not MYSTERIOUSLY ring after I forward this. There is NO SUCH THING as an Email tracker, and I am not STUPID enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding this to 10 or more people.
There is no kid with cancer through the Make a Wish program in England collecting anything. He did when he was 7 yrs old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN'T WANT ANYMORE POSTCARDS, CALLING CARDS OR GET WELL CARDS!
The government does not have a bill in congress called 901B (or whatever they named it this week) that if passed will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every sent e-mail.
There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colorful flower, character, or program I will receive immediately after I forward this. People are just trying to talk me into doing it to make me look like a fool.
The American Red Cross will not donate 50 cents to a certain individual dying of some never heard of before disease for every email address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations, they don't donate!
And finally, I WILL NOT let others guilt me into sending things on to my friends for fear they will think I am not their friend...or by telling me I have no conscious or don't believe in JESUS CHRIST.
Now, repeat this 4 times to yourself until you've memorized it and then send it along to at least 5 of your friends before the next full moon or you will be constipated for the next 3 months!
I wish I could say it is only the redneck and the Newport Beach Blond that FORWARDS this garbage, but it is often intelligent, talented, well-meaning friends and family; often leaving you with a real dilemma as to what to do or say.
Take a look at this letter sent in response to an intelligent guy sending a really lame email. The response is very well crafted and serves as a model for dealing with this problem with brains and whit.
I don't know how an intelligent man such as yourself got sucked up into
all the glurge you pass around, but just an FYI, Shade has made quite an
extensive study of the motivations for and history of this type of urban
legend and supposedly heart-wrenching tale.
What is Glurge?: "In ordinary language, glurge is the sending of
inspirational (often supposedly "true") tales that conceal much darker
meanings than the uplifting moral lessons they purport to offer, and that
undermine their messages by fabricating and distorting historical fact in
the guise of offering a "true story."
Many of us, it seems, cannot overcome the urge to glurge."
There is an excellent website online, snopes2.com, where you can get information about these and other urban legends, and it also tells you
which ones have an element of truth to them originally or are strictly
fictional. Such as the one you sent regarding the lipstick on the mirror
and the toilet brush.
This latest one you have passed along I find even more depressing than
most because of its last two paragraphs which are actually try to use
guilt to get us to pass this dreck along! Fascinating, really. Glurge
is an interesting study in sociology I think.
There are great sites on the web to check the latest virus warning, terror scare, special story of adversity and needed help, VooDoo, black magic, BS, and all of the above. I will not send any mail without looking into the validity of the story first. We live in an era of week minded leftist jerks playing on the fears of good people. As a Society – We can not afford to spread fear and misunderstanding with the passion of the moment by forwarding and continuing the fear to all of our personal world with that dreaded FORWARD Button.
Lots of response on this one. I agree that it is not guns that are bad, but some bad people use guns in a bad way. The Forward Button is not bad, in and of itself; it just makes passing this garbage along far too easy!! OK...BAD FINGER?
Check out the following Hoax Sites. ALL links checked 8/03 and working.
These stories are as old as dirt and a total waste of your time. If it is a HOAX, it should be disregarded, not signed or FORWARDED. Lets grow up and look before we jump on a bandwagon that makes us all look stupid.
While explaining this Forward Sickness to my son Ben, I chalanged him to write the most stupid email he could think of; include the 10 of your best friends clause and the fear factor threat of loosing a limb if it was not forwarded in the next 24 hours. Ben was 11 at the time. I think he got 3 copies sent back to him by friends of the people he sent it to. We were both amazed at how stupid, otherwise intelegent kids could be.