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Monday, January 16, 2006

Of Hoaxes and Urban Legends

I’m sure lahat tayo naka-receive na by email ng mga sinasabing hoax at mga urban legends. Ang pinakamarami yung mga tungkol sa mga computer viruses. Meron din yung tungkol naman sa Microsoft, Bill Gates at AOL tracking emails at namimigay daw ng $245 for every person you forward the email to. Then there was this one I received on how to recognize a stroke. Tatlong bagay daw ang dapat gawin. Ask the individual to smile, ask them to raise both arms, and ask them to speak a simple sentence. How about Art Bell’s hate letter about Filipinos? I’m sure most have read it. And most of us have been tempted to forward the email to friends. Langya, dehins pala totoo ang mga ito.

Minsan o kadalasan napapaniwala tayo ng mga kathang isip na ito at tuloy na-ifoforward natin ang email sa mga kakilala natin. Without knowing it we are unwittingly being used to spread something that is not true or just partly true.

How does one spot a hoax or urban legend? Eto ang sabi ni Hans Eisenman.

  1. Does the email recommending sending it to everyone you know?
  2. Does reading it make you feel outraged, angry or like you have to "do something" (hint: like forward the email)?
  3. Do you find yourself saying "incredible!", but yet somehow believing it could happen?
  4. Does the subject matter scare you? Does it make you think "what a scary world we live in today!" or something similar? In other words, is it preying on your fears?

If any of these is true, chances are it’s a hoax. When you receive an email that fits any of these, don’t forward the email. Try Googling it first to verify the veracity of the email.

Eto naman ngayon ang problema ko. How do you verify if someone is telling the truth when they say that a certain email is a hoax? What if the original email is in fact true, and that the people who declare it to be a hoax are in fact the ones spreading a hoax? Parang yung sabi nila na hoax lang daw yung paglanding ng Apollo sa buwan. Which one is the hoax? Is the Apollo landing a hoax or the assertion that it is a hoax is the actual hoax? Ang gulo ano? A basta, tigilan na lang ang pag-forward ng kahit anong email na may nakalagay na "please forward..." or "please email to everyone...".


9 Comments:

  • Basta ako, delete ang katapat ng mga nag-e-email sakin na di ko kilala at galing sa kung saang lupalop ng mundo! Daming spammers na mga namatayan at nagpapatulong pag claim ng mga naiwang properties...delete ko sila lahat! Hehehe.

    KU, oks lang sayo na nasa mailing list kita sa updates ng entries ko ha, di ako maka blog hop these times eh, delete nyo nalang rin kung di interesting, *wink

    By Blogger TEACHER SOL, at 12:19 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • nabanggit mo yang mga nagpapatulong sa pag claim. i just received one offering me 20% ng 160 million. nag-reply ako, sabi ko 50/50 pwede kong pagisipan.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 12:45 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • Dami ko ring natatanggap na ganyan, at gaya ni Teacher Sol, delete lang katapat nyan. Magsawa silang kapapadala.....

    yung 50/50 nakuha mo ba??? balato!! :)

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 5:05 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • what i do is i try to verify it thru Truth or fiction ...

    binabalikan ko yun nag forward sa akin if i found the email in the above link... para lang ma-inform siya on the real score...

    By Blogger JO, at 5:40 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • Hay naku,tiyaga lang din ng gumagawa nyan tsk..tsk sa kin wala rin siyang mapapala..delete at spam sya!minsan nga pati mga chain letter na may halong pananakot eh..that if u will not forward the mail to someone something bad will happen!Grabe!!..sorry kase di ako naniniwala sa ganun...kulang na nga time ko para mag-reply sa mga emails ng mga relatives & friends ko,may iistorbo pa!Siguro mga walang trabaho yun at walang makausap..masarap pa sa kanila mamerwisyo ng kapwa.Parang yung isang friend ko ayun pagbukas ng email(di nya kilala)may virus pala ..ayun di na tuloy magamit pc nya!kawawa naman ..so the lesson is be aware & prevent opening emails from unknown senders.

    By Blogger lil _kath, at 7:24 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • kya nga ako KU, i don't even dare to read pag FW: un subject eheh, mostly delete after viewing it w/o reading..lol

    mga gumgawa niyan malamang walang work ehhe

    By Anonymous pObs, at 7:33 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • kaya ako hindi ko pinapatulan. pati nga chain letter, chain saw ng chain saw sa akin. putol ng putol lalo na sa cell. (sino kaya me gimik noon baka connected din sa phone company)

    By Blogger atoy, at 11:20 PM, January 16, 2006  

  • Hello Ka Uro!! Isa pang dapat tayong maging aware...yung mga email attachments na may virus pala...yun bang akala natin ay legit dahil galing sa pinagkakatiwalaan natin, yun pala ay wala rin silang kaalam-alam na kusang nagpapasa na pala ng virus ang computer nila. "bulate" (worm) ba ang tawag doon?

    Ang pinaka-hate kong chain letters eh yung mga nagsasabing may masamang mangyayari sa iyo once di mo sinunod ang kanilang gusto. Sarap kutusan!

    By Blogger Rhada, at 3:51 AM, January 17, 2006  

  • ako, yung mga nagpapatulong dahil siya daw ay alipores ni mr. kungakong eh dati, delete lang ako ng delete, then one time, i thought of sending a reply saying, "get a life, man!" all capitalized. hehehe then kapag naman forwarded email at kahit kilala ko pa nagpadala, i check it with snopes.com

    By Blogger Des, at 10:50 AM, January 19, 2006  

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