Rape petition

Erhun A. dayas at infonie.be
Mon Nov 15 08:59:28 EST 1999

> Unfortunately there are many
> bogus chain letters being circulated in the internet by
> sick people.

  Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Institute for the Investigation
  of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that
  many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus
  that causes them to believe without question every
  groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows
 up in their In Box or on their browser.

  The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently
  makes people believe and forward copies of silly
  hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, E-Mail viruses,
 taxes on modems, postcards for child cancer research
  and the merits of melanza.

  "These are not just readers of tabloids or people who
  buy lottery tickets based on fortune cookie numbers,"
  a spokesman said. "Most are otherwise normal people,
  who would laugh at the same stories if told to them by
  a stranger on a street corner."  However, once these
  same people become infected with the Gullibility Virus,
  they believe anything they read on the Internet.

  "My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all
  gone," reported one weeping victim.  "I believe every
  warning message and sick child story my friends forward
  to me, even though most of the messages are anonymous."

  Another victim, now in remission, added, "When I first
  heard about Good Times, I just accepted it without question.
  After all, there were dozens of other recipients on the mail
  header, so I thought the virus must be true." It was a long
  time, the victim said, before she could stand up at a Hoaxes
  Anonymous meeting and state, "My name is Jane, and I've been
  hoaxed." Now, however, she  is spreading the word. "Challenge
  and check whatever you read,"  she says.

 Internet users are urged to examine themselves for
  symptoms of the virus, which include the following:

  *  the willingness to believe improbable stories
     without thinking

  *  the urge to forward multiple copies of such
     stories to others

  *  a lack of desire to take three minutes to check
     to see if a story is true

  T. C. is an example of someone recently infected.  He
  told one reporter, "I read on the Net that the major
  ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall
 out, so I've stopped using shampoo."  When told about
  the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading
  e-mail, so that he would not become infected.

  Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help
  immediately. Experts recommend that at the first feelings
  of gullibility, Internet users rush to their favorite
  search engine and look up the item tempting them to
 thoughtless credence.  Most hoaxes, legends, and tall
  tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the
  Internet community.

  Courses in critical thinking are also widely available,
  and there is online help from many sources, including

  *  Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory  Capability at

 *  Symantec Anti Virus Research Center at

 *  McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at
     <http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp <http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp>>

 *  Dr. Solomons Hoax Page at

 *  AltaVista's Urban Legends Web Page at

 *  Urban Legends Reference Pages at
     <http://www.snopes.com <http://www.snopes.com>>

  * Datafellows Hoax Warnings at

 Those people who are still symptom free can help
  inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus
  by reading some good material on evaluating sources,
  such as

  *  Evaluating Internet Research Sources at

 *  Evaluation of Information Sources at

 Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help
  stamp out the Gullibility Virus by sending copies of
  this message to anyone who forwards them a hoax.

  This message is so important, we're sending it anonymously!
  Forward it to all your friends right away!  Don't think
  about it!  This is not a chain letter!  This story is true!
  Don't check it out!  This story is so timely, there is no
  date on it!  This story is so important, we're using lots
  of exclamation points!  For every message you forward to
  some unsuspecting person, the Home for the Hopelessly
  Gullible will donate ten cents to itself. (If you wonder
  how the Home will know you are forwarding these messages
  all over creation, you're obviously thinking too much.)



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