bill-swift - January 1, 2016
If you have older relatives on Facebook like I do you are probably bombarded with reposts of tragedies and people asking for your prayers. I find the whole thing to be rather cloying and obnoxious, but whatever. I guess it can't hurt. But the ultimate is when lots of people on your timeline fall for the same hoax. It happens all the time whether it's reposting to get a million dollars from Mark Zuckerberg to stories about how some politician is the anti-christ. This particular hoax makes me chuckle and yet at the same time fear for how stupid people are. A few days ago a laughing funster named Stephen Roseman posted a picture of his dog with a piece of ham on his face. He captioned it by saying that the dog had been "badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire." Even though it is CLEARLY a picture of a dog with a piece of ham on his face, thousands of moms and aunties reposted the picture asking for prayers for the poor dog suffering from hamitis.
What this illustrates is the biggest problem with social media, how much bullshit there is out there and how much people believe it. I guess the mind sees what it wants to see. Some see a severely burned dog while others see a dog who probably enjoyed a nice piece of Christmas ham after the photo was taken.