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Sunday, September 1, 2013
September 1st Challenge
it’s Christina –
is Sunday, September 1st and I am going to apologize in advance, but
I am about to get up on my soapbox. This rant is about being socially
responsible when posting, sharing or forwarding alarming stories on Facebook,
see an alarming post and you feel compelled to share it. It could be about a
missing child, a potential disaster, a beloved celebrity passing away, whatever.
PLEASE take two minutes to verify the information is accurate, truthful and up
to date. This can be done very easily by typing a few key words into your
search engine of choice or by going to Snopes.com.
the information is correct, then by all means, post it; but if it’s not, share
the link on the original poster’s post debunking it so everyone who saw the
original post is aware the information is not true and should not share it.
are a few examples of recent stories that have been flying around the internet:
Chan, star of multiple martial art movies, was rumored to have fallen to his
death during a movie stunt. The poor man was forced to post a photo of himself,
holding a current newspaper, to prove the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
The rumor caused people who loved and cared about him a great deal of unwarranted
late June, early July, I saw postings looking for 2 and four year old brothers,
Cole and Chase who had been kidnapped. Of course, as a mom, I was going to
repost the alert, but I checked it out first. Turns out they were safely
returned to their grandparents in APRIL. Same held true for several other Amber
alerts. Unfortunately many more were valid and I did share the posts on my
personal page, but wouldn’t it be good to know everyone I saw was valid?
alarming posts were photos of the ocean outside the Fukushima Nuclear Power
Plant in Japan boiling, and color satellite photos of the leak headed straight
for the west coast of North America. Upon further inspection, photos shot from
a different angle showed the boiling water was actually just fog and in reality
the color satellite photo was the path of the tsunami waves from the 2011
tsunami and not of a nuclear leak. YES, the plant is in a state of emergency,
and yes we should all probably be concerned for the thousands of people the
disaster will affect; but get the facts straight so you don’t cause a panic.
need to ban together and stop these erroneous posts. They are the equivalent of
yelling “FIRE” in a crowded movie theater. Think before you repost, and when
you do repost, add a tagline stating verified on such-and-such a date. When you
debunk something, post it. It is embarrassing to have something you have posted
debunked and it makes you think twice before blindly reposting.
I’m done complaining. I hope you have a wonderful day, and happy writing!
Your Last Challenge was:
I can’t seem to get that song out of my head…
pressed his hands to his temples and squeezed, hard. “Why can’t I get this song
out of my head? What does it mean? Dammit!”
months ago, while on a call, Chad had been shot. Just a graze to the head,
nothing life threatening, but the incident left a scar as well as an unusual
side effect. He noticed the change when he returned to his first case after the
accident. He and his partner Tom were assigned to a missing child case, a case
with no clues, no leads.
when the song “Under the Boardwalk” started playing over and over in his mind.
It had tormented night and day until, out of frustration, he drove down to the
beach and took a walk under the boardwalk, and that’s where he found the
missing child, being held captive in a cage like a dog. The moment he freed
her, the song stopped playing in his mind.
had chocked it up to coincidence or he saw a clue which only registered subliminally,
but then it happened again, and again.
be a real story in there…
Next Challenge is:
Slowly he turned…step by step…inch by inch…
You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong,
just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to
criticize what someone else has written. Go.