Copy and Paste

2 09 2011

I have a new pet hate.

In the days of internet, before social media (remember that?), my pet hate was those emails that said at the bottom “send this on the 10 friends and your wish will come true. Send it to 20 friends and it will come true tomorrow.” or some similar variation on the theme.

Emotional manipulation, preying on people’s superstitions and paranoia.

Often the emails they were attached to were full of cutesy pictures of baby animals or cartoons of old ladies, or lists and lists of platitudes and cliches. Yuck.

Just occasionally, there would be a decent one with good information, great pictures or funny stories. If I sent it on though, I would always remove the emotional blackmail at the bottom of the email. Not for me to propogate that rubbish.

So here we are in the twenty-teens. Social media is the rage. And how has this parasitic emotional blackmail propogated itself in this new paradise? With the cut and paste message.

If you love your daughter / son / mother / father / partner / brother / sister / friend with x disease, etc blah blah blah, then copy and paste this in your status.

Sometimes they add the kicker – “Real friends will do this, most people won’t. Let’s see if I am right about whether you do”.

If you were my real friend you wouldn’t send this stuff to me, even via Facebook!

However, I have to confess – I succumbed. I finally did the copy and paste.

So what was the one that finally got me?

Dear friends, Please copy & paste this to your status if you are constantly being asked to copy & paste something to your status by friends who copy & paste things to their status. Many people won’t copy & paste this but my true friends will copy & paste it because you know this was copied & pasted from a dear friend in need of more crap to copy & paste.


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