There is a running joke among literate people concerning those who believe everything they read on the Internet. “I read it on the Internet! So it must be true!” There are sites on the Internet that will validate any theory you may have on virtually any subject. Sites that claim to “prove” or disprove facts on very simple things. Things like whether man has landed on the moon, or how Lyme disease is contracted, or whether or not coffee enemas are helpful or harmful. It’s up to the reader to determine how much credibility to give to things they read online. We make those decisions in a variety of ways. Most of us try to us logic and facts but human nature leads us to be influenced by our personal feelings on the subject and to also tend to believe things that seem in line with our prior experiences and our opinions on the subject are assessing for credibility.
I know many of you probably read that paragraph and are thinking, “What’s your point, Tamara?” Mostly my point is, “please read the commenting rules. “ specifically, number 2 and 3. But I also want you to have some idea how I vet information for this blog. So here is an example.
This morning I was sent to a site that contained this statement, ” On house arrest at her Towaco, New Jersey, home until February 5, Giudice must wear an ankle monitor that would be set off even by a trip to the mailbox at the end of her driveway.” This is a factually incorrect statement. Teresa’s ankle bracelet does not have an alarm. It simply monitors her movements. She is certainly allowed to walk to the mailbox. She is also apparently allowed to go grocery shopping since we have seen photos of her doing that. She simply has to let her parole officer know where she is at all times and receive permission. For me, that sentence means the author of the story has no idea what the fuck they are talking about so everything else in the story including the “sources close to Teresa” is bullshit. That site, which I do often cite on other matters is free to make their own judgments on what they post.
What is irritating is as soon as I read that, I knew that it would soon become “fact” in the comment sections here. So I am using it as an example of how I make decisions regarding comments here because lately, I think we all need to take another long look at the commenting rules.
Citing things like 75% of people on earth are really Martians but they don’t know it is annoying to read. I’m just saying.
Also, if we could review the one about trying to stay on track and not writing a long personal journal entry in response to unrelated things. That would be great. The exception to that is the health related topics. I know we all have personal contributions in that type of post, myself included. I mostly read the comments in email without benefit of knowing what post you are responding to. When I see comments about every person on RHOA for example in a comment about a RHOBH person on WWHL, it’s confusing and off topic. As are opinions about people on shows that you refuse to watch. Yesterday someone said they are not just not watching the show, but not reading anything about a person on the show and then proceeded to have opinions about what is going on? How is that possible?
I know a lot of people think I am being a tyrant, or want everyone to share my opinion on topics and I don’t care. What I want is for use to all be reasonably informed on what we are chatting about, and for our opinions to be based on things we are discussing here, not things that other sites are churning out because certain topics are “hot” and pull a lot of page views for their site. I don’t want off topic comments that are longer than the post. I want you to be critical readers of this site and others and base your opinions in some sort of logical thought. I know that is a lofty goal, and if we can achieve it just half the time, that would be just swell.
Basically, vacation is over. I’m BACK BITCHES!
Now get out there and read some posts and make some interesting comments. And for the love of God, stop driving Cat up a tree! 🙂