Tuesday, 2 April 2013
"People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it" Walter Langer. Wikipedia defines a rumour as 'an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern'. The rate of rumour spread in twenty first century is a source for concern to all individuals, I mean, you have to be concerned if someone confidently comes to you and tells you something you never ever thought possible, a mind blowing juicy gossip about someone close to you for instance. It's human instinct, the first thing you think of when you hear new information is to pass it on, this has been aided by the surge of technology. Therefore when you hear a pretty nice gossip, it's almost too easy to pick up your phone and IM a friend, who also IM's another friend and the chain continues until it generates into a web of nothing but rumour. Rumours, especially the negative ones don't do anything positive for society. We therefore need to watch the way we pass on information. Try to confirm it's truthfulness before you decide to share it because once you share it, someone else will share it and then someone else... Like that. A fictional story about what negative effects a simple rumour, spread for nothing but fun can have on an individual is going to be posted on this blog soon... Till next time, keep dreaming!!
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