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The Voice of a Generation, With a Trenchant Plea We All Need to Hear

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The irony is that it is likely to be forwarded to everyone by everyone, thus becoming the very thing it laments. Welcome to the Internet!

By John Scalzi

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35 replies on “The Voice of a Generation, With a Trenchant Plea We All Need to Hear”

Sadly, the persons I most want to forward the song to STILL wouldn’t get it. However, I have managed to convince most of my extended family to leave me off their lists, mostly by repeatedly directing them to Snopes.com. (And yes, I cheered at that point in the song.)

I have only one person left in my circles who’s still forwards crap to me but unfortunately it is my boss, and I think she thinks she’s doing me a favor by making me “aware” of the scams and stuff since she knows I have a heavy internet investment (shopping, surfing etc).

and yes,I am sharing this song with people I know, just like YOU shared it with us. :)

My tiny, beloved, precious Q-Tip headed grandmother sends me between six and twelve forwards a day, every day without fail. She randomly inserts the line “reply if you love the person who sent this” every one-hundred or so emails… and occasionally quizzes me on the email contents when I talk to her on the phone.

In her defense, she’s 83.

@BC Woods If my 83 year old grandma was still around AND using the internet I would treasure every thing she sent me. I would even take time to reply with personal notes about the forwards forcing a conversation to happen.

I took a few days off from the internets. Just went on walks when I got bored in the woods near my house. When I finally turned the machine back on I found that I had over 500 emails to sort through, most being from the exact same person. A person who’s in an Google group who seems to be a obsessive compulsive forwarder in that he has to forward everyone he knows anything he finds even slightly interesting.

Every five seconds an e-mail gets forwarded. These e-mails are causing children in Africa to go hungry. Please save the people of Africa. If you agree, copy and paste this into your status.

I still don’t get why he is called Weird, he is far more normal than I am. For a genius he is remarkably sane.

I cheered at the Bcc reference, having recently received an email with 299 other recipients listed, from work. So many annoying help pop-ups but not one that says “Are you sure you don’t want to Bcc this list?”

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