Why do so many people take everything they read on the internet at face value?
You can write ANYTHING on a blog, refer to it in an email, post the contents of that email in another blog and then suddenly you have an entirely false "history" which will be endlessly quoted and forwarded by credulous fools and the easily-outraged.
Take this recent viral thing about "The Red Arrows are BANNED from performing at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony".
There's a petition against this online at 10 Downing Street (please don't waste your time signing it!). There are literally hundreds of blogs pontificating about this non-issue. Arguing what it says about our government and our national identity.
The answer, of course, is that it means nothing as it's all a load of bollocks!
Please, before forwarding on one of these "shock-horror" emails or petitions, spend just 5 minutes finding out whether it is true or not...