So this morning on my Facebook feed an article came across the screen saying that Betty White had died in the bathtub. Somehow, I automatically knew it wasn’t true. Yet another Hoax that ended up being traced to yet another satirical website called eBuzzd or some sort of news outlet that has the edge of fake gossip because they have no imagination to create actual stories that have news appeal to them.
Is it the education in our country or the five minutes of fame that comes to you when you popularize a hoax? Is it just a never ending tautology of no ethics whatsoever, and that all journalists are fucking vultures with no ethics whatsoever?
According to David Emery of About.com who quotes, “not only is Betty White NOT dead, she can probably kick your butt in the wrestling ring! Despite false rumors circulating via social media today, the 92-year-old comic actress has not been reported dead or ailing by any legitimate news sources. As recently as three nights ago she was demonstrably alive and well and making the most of a promo appearance on WWE's Monday Night Raw. The rumors originated as a hoax on a little-known website called "eBuzzd," which claimed in a fake news story that White was found dead of unknown causes in a friend's bathtub. I won't dignify the article with a link.” (and neither will I)
This is getting to be quite an alarming occurrence on Facebook, people writing fake and misleading stories that do not have any newsworthiness to them. This is getting to be a form of madness in getting your name or article to get popular or cause hysteria. Whatever happened to honesty in news or am I just kidding myself? I am pretty much about to write off Facebook completely and I can’t help but feel this is not only a Facebook event.
Gossip, where did it come from and why does it matter? According to Wikipedia the idea of gossip is this:
“Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about personal or private affairs of others. In Britain dialect, the word refers to a godparent.Gossip has been researched in terms of its evolutionary psychology origins. This has found gossip to be an important means by which people can monitor cooperative reputations and so maintain widespread indirect reciprocity. Indirect reciprocity is defined here as "I help you and somebody else helps me." Gossip has also been identified by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary biologist, as aiding social bonding in large groups. With the advent of the internet gossip is now widespread on an instant basis, from one place in the world to another what used to take a long time to filter through is now instant. The term is sometimes used to specifically refer to the spreading of dirt and misinformation, as (for example) through excited discussion of scandals. Some newspapers carry "gossip columns" which detail the social and personal lives of celebrities or of élite members of certain communities.”
Apparently we need the psychological effect of feeling superior to our peers, I don’t know why that is, but I imagine that was why I was addicted to Nancy grace for a few years anyway. I felt better about myself while watching a bunch of mindless Floridians hang themselves in the public eye.