Monday, 8 October 2007

Dead Arrows?

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...

6 comments:

jomoore said...

Quite right. I routinely don't forward or respond to anything like this.

PT said...

Oh, I got really p-ed off about it today. People were circulating the email around the office and having long, noisy, self-congratulatory discussions about "the government" who were "destroying British heritage" or something.

Now, maybe they are and maybe they aren't, but made-up stories like this don't prove it one way or t'other...

Chris said...

Ooooops! I'm so easily misled.

Delmonti said...

Well, I spoke to a Red Arrows pilot a few months back at Biggin Hill Air show and he said in a straight contest between the Red Arrows and the current work record holder for the 100 Meter sprint (Asafa Powell) then the Red Arrows would win hands down...... but they would probably be bannned from performing.

they are also banned from using car stereo's that have an eject button..... for obvious reasons.

chux said...
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chux said...

wise words - I always check these things and virus warnings and the like.

But I can confirm that the Red Arrows will not be performing outside the hospital when Delmonti has his gammy leg done.

I also know that they have been officialy banned from his 'coming out' ceremony too. (you did read right)