Anyone with an email account has gotten viral emails reporting negative things about some issue or person. Obama. Romney. Health care. Medicare. Doctors. Federal legislators. Oil companies. Taxes. And many more -- including Mister Rogers.
Once received and believed as truth, the recipient (not me***) sends the "truth" viral email to all their email correspondents. A few days ago, I heard one of those "fact filled" viral emails related at the RV park social hour.
Are there no skeptics. Where is the BS detector. What about common sense. How about thinking a bit.
Seems most of society has become automatons as a result of the years of brain washing.
No thinking is allowed in schools. Just regurgitate the answers that were drilled in.
No thinking is allowed in religion; it's all about belief and a single book that was written based on oral histories of 2000 years ago.
No thinking is permitted in some work places; just do the job. You are not hired to think.
After all that training not to think, what can be expected. Since people have been conditioned not to think or question, the viral email is truth.
The internet is a useful and great research tool. However, it is just a tool. A hammer is a tool; used for construction or destruction. The internet as a tool is a medium for cranks and crackpots to spread their untruths and beliefs via those viral emails.
As the receiver of the email, use the internet tools to research the veracity of the email.
Time for a skeptic approach to internet derived "truths". Think. Question.
*** Note: I no longer get those emails. Each time I received one of those, I reply with the real facts -- usually with a URL to Snopes.