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If any of you are on Facebook, or other form of social media, or email, then you have probably noticed that you see a lot of forwards, quotes, and "I can't believe this really happened!"s. (Note: If you don't have any social media or email, you probably aren't on the internet and therefore not reading this, so go ahead and skip to the end). Well, I have bad news. Most of these things are lies. I've been looking up everything from news stories to quote credits and have found only two which have been correct. And not just one instance. Oh, no. A quote or something gets forwarded a million times and its all over the internet. A Google search shows thousands of pages devoted to the same story. Example? Einstein never said "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its life thinking it's stupid." It's a good quote. I like it. But Einstein didn't say it. But I've received many posts saying he did. And most other posts I've looked up have been misquoted or attributed to the wrong person. Or, worst of all, fake Amber alerts that get posted, which I think is vile because you get people all worked up over a false tragedy which takes attention away from real tragedies.
How do I know so many of these are fake? Well, sites like Snopes.com help a lot. But you'll notice a lot of these will never pin down a source. Someone send you one of those fake Amber Alerts I just mentioned? Do a search of the name. I've done a couple and found someone had just taken a picture from a real news story that happened years ago and added fake details to it. You keep seeing those posts which say 'Today is the day Marty McFly went forward in time in Back to the Future?' Fake. Photoshopped. Watch the movie and check it out!
I think there are two reasons this really bothers me. First, I go to the Internet for information all the time. But I can't trust most of the things I read. I have to cross-check dozens of sites before I can find a satisfactory answer to a lot of questions. But most of all, I know someone must have originated these falsehoods. A few may be honest mistakes, but some (ie fake Amber alerts) must be real attempts at deception. I do not understand it. These get spread and forwarded, but do the people who start them get money or prizes based on the amount of hits and likes they get? If so, why not use information that is both interesting and true? A lot of true things are interesting. A lot of people said correctly credited quotes. Why all the fake stuff? Why do you want people to think today is the day Marty McFly went to the future? It doesn't make sense. If someone can explain the rationale behind this I'll give you a cookie.
I don't really have a point to this post, but I do have a request. Before you forward an email or 'like' a post, check it out. Search until you find a source. If nobody can tell you when and where Bob Marley said:
'If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.'
-then don't 'like' it or forward it until you can source it. Or, at least, don't tell me it was Bob Marley who said it until you can tell me where and when. Did he write it in a book? Is it a lyric of a song he wrote?
Anyways I guess I'm taking a bit of a hard line on this. I know these aren't important truths I'm talking about (mostly). But it's hard to have faith in people's explanations of larger truths when even the little ones don't get transmitted correctly.
UPDATE: The article through the link below gives a little more info on how to spot and avoid fraudulent Facebook posts.
For several years I have had ideas and projects that I wanted to share but either didn't know the best medium or forum to use. Finally I decided to just create my own site so I can post whatever I want, whenever I want. Then I don't need to worry about things like agents, pitches, formats, or the quality of my work. Over time I hope this will develop into a menagerie of essays, comics, animations, stories, scripts, and poems. I can't guarantee the quality, and I think a lot of it will only appeal to a niche market (namely, myself), but I decided there is no point trying to create things that no one ever sees. I am still learning how to make a web site, though, so it might take a bit of time to get everything going.
I'm going by the name Sir Reil, because it sounds like 'surreal' (in case you haven't figured that out). 'Reil' is my actual last name, and I've always wanted to be knighted so I could actually become Sir Reil. However, it seems one must be some sort of musician, actor, or billionaire philanthropist to be knighted. I am none of those things. I figured if I took a bullet for the royal family that may do it, but the problem with that idea is the getting shot part. One day, I realized I could just call myself Sir Reil and it's just as good, except I won't be invited to any royal functions, but I don't have the money at the moment to buy a plane ticket to England or one of those bizarre expensive hats they wear to weddings.
I am leaving my comments section open because I would like to hear from people and get feedback, but I don't like trolls. I slay trolls. That means if I think a comment is simply mean or offensive, I will delete it. If you are going to take the time to make a comment, make it intelligent, interesting, and/or useful. For example, let's say you don't like something I made. Saying 'This sucks!' is not intelligent, interesting, or useful. I'll probably just delete it. If you say 'I didn't care for it because of 'x', but think you could improve by doing 'y', then that's intelligent AND useful. If you criticize it in a way that is not useful but at least makes me laugh, and isn't vulgar, that's ok too. Oh, and spam will also be destroyed. Point being, this isn't a free speech forum. This is my home on the Internet, and in my house, we follow my rules. And my biggest rule is mutual respect