Think Before You Send… and Don’t Send

I just received yet another rant email about Sarah Palin.  Why do people send these things?

Ok don’t get into a snit.  It is not that I think much of the Republican Veep candidate.  I just wonder what people are thinking when they send this stuff.  Do people with passionate political, social or economic views really think that they are going to change any minds by sending an email?

First of all, about 99% of what is represented in any of these emails is bunk.  Before you send or forward, how about a visit to Snopes just to find out if the entire web knows its crap before you flood your friends’ in boxes.

Second, do you really think that anyone is going to change their stance based on an email full of diatribe?  Taking today’s missive on Palin as an example:

  • If I am a Democrat, I am not going to vote for her anyway and you are preaching to the proverbial choir.  So the only thing I am likely to do is clog up MORE email boxes.
  • If I am a Republican, I am going to vote for her and your email is not going to make me see the light that my politics have been wrong-headed my entire life so that I should now abandon my beliefs.
  • If I am undecided and I make up my mind how to vote based your email then the gene pool needs a little more chlorine.  (OK- personal rant- but it is how I feel.)

Moreover- your note may not have the desired effect.  I know of at least one woman who is traditionally a conservative Republican voter.  She got the same note I did and is not web-aware enough to know that it is bunk.  Because the rhetoric was so extreme, she was very upset at even receiving it and has now gone from  “on the fence” over environmental issues back to her safe Republican views.

So let’s be real.  Even if the information is 100% accurate and verifiable, your email blast is more about expressing your fear and outrage than changing anyone’s mind.  So- if you MUST do so, please do it honestly.  At the least, check Snopes before sending that stuff.  Better yet, write from the heart about how you feel and why.  That is more likely to influence someone that 3 pages of rant that proves to mostly be BS.


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