Don’t cry wolf!

2017-09-27 06:00

THERE appears to be an increasing number of small-minded geeks around who think that promoting fake news on social media is clever — it’s actually anything but.

Two instances in the last week with Hurricane Irma and Maria battering and destroying lives, properties and just about everything in sight, the message was that Hurricane Sifiso, category three, was about to hit Durban and KZN and would be around for about three days.

A couple hours later — came a second message that Hurricane Sifiso was a hoax.

Last Tuesday a warning issued by a Warrant Officer Manilal that the N3 from Hilton off-ramp to the mall would be closed between 8am and 12pm as they were laying cables on both sides of the road — obviously there would be traffic chaos. This was circulated on several groups with the claim that it was “authentic”.

Several hours later it was broadcast that this again was a hoax.

Obviously these tiny-minded people do not know Aesop’s Fable of “the boy who cried wolf”, a young shepherd was bored watching the sheep so cried out “wolf, wolf, the wolf is chasing the sheep”.

The villagers all ran up the hill to help — he laughed at them when they found no wolf. Later he cried out “wolf” again and the villagers rushed to save their sheep, he was laughing at them as there was no wolf.

A bit later, the young shepherd saw a real wolf. He sprang to his feet and shouted “wolf, wolf,” but this time no one came. When he returned to the village in tears, asking why they had not answered his call — the villagers said “nobody believes a liar ... even when he is telling the truth”.


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