Be Careful What You Believe

I was recently sent an email about a shopkeeper in Houston, Texas who had posted a sign that stated "We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali."  The message accompanying the email read "Only in America Can You have the Gall to do This" and "Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers."This is an example of how serious damage can be done to innocent people when viral internet photos go wrong.  Geoff Berg and Snopes clearly explain the misunderstanding of the people who mistook what the sign was about....all the indignation is the product of a massive misunderstanding, illustrating the awesome-and sometimes damaging-power of the Internet.The hysteria whipped up by this email could easily spiral out of control.  If you were this store owner, would you feel safe knowing that hate-filled people had come to precisely the wrong conclusion for no reason other than their ignorance?Like the...(Read Full Post)

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