Rumor Has it

Friday, October 5th 2012 Culture

There is a new hobby that has been floating around lately, and it sometimes leads to horrible endings. “Rumors”. With all kinds of social media, people can spread a rumor in a second, and it could reach tens of people in a blink of an eye. But, is it always true? Why would people spread it in the first place? And should we keep spreading them?

Whenever I get any kind of message about a new kind of cure for Cancer, it actually interests me because it is a horrible, deadly disease, and I lost both parents to it. But, before I get too excited about it, I ask myself, if this is so true, how come it did not reach the TV networks and newspapers already? So I go back to my normal life disappointed. However, a lot of people would copy and paste this “great news” and spread them around between friends and family and then, disappoint a lot of people with high hopes. The first step I took to confirm this information is turning on the TV, then googling it and try to find anything that proves it right. I eventually could not find anything, of course.

Most people spread rumors to be the center of attention, when spreading a rumor for the first time, everyone will be interested in you and you will have your five minutes of fame. Others would do it out of boredom, probably to have some excitement in their life. The horrible reason for spreading a rumor would be to harm someone or gain something from it. A few months back I have received this message warning us not to drink from certain water companies because it contains something toxic, and at the end of the message, they added a list of water companies that allegedly should be trusted. People started spreading this rumor and warning others about it without getting any kind of confirmation, all I could think about is the fact that “the trusted water companies” must be gaining a lot of money from this rumor, while the others are in fact losing it.

I believe that the appropriate way to deal with rumors is to start with yourself, do not believe anything you hear or read, find out for yourself, and do not act on it until you are sure it is true or not, otherwise people will no longer trust each other.

Shifaa – 05/10/2012

Comments

  1. On Friday, October 5th 2012 Helene said:

    Interesting subject. I really have to agree with you. I don’t trust anything I hear until I have truth from a reliable source. I’m so tired of people making up rumours. They must have a really boring life..

  2. On Friday, October 5th 2012 Pulga said:

    I completely agree, in between those and the rumours about people, some people can’t get enough :/

  3. On Friday, October 5th 2012 Ashley said:

    I hear different rumors like that all the time. Most recently, there was a girl on twitter (not someone I know) who posted a tweet saying “there is someone in my house call 911”. Well, people started spreading all kinds of rumors about what happened. The police were involved and her whole community (and the internet) searched for this “kidnapped” girl. They found her after she was ID’d by a taxi driver. She was at the bus stop, I think, with a bag packed.

    Rumors SUCK!

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