My attention was recently drawn to a discussion on a local Yahoo group Web forum regarding an issue I had some firsthand knowledge about. I was not surprised that the initiator of the discussion presented the issue in a self-aggrandizing light. But what did surprise me was the number of people without any firsthand knowledge or involvement who joined the discussion [and presented] their viewpoint as if they knew the actual facts.
The discussion that ensued was rooted in untruth and embellished with misrepresentation. It also came to my attention that the moderators of such groups might be overwhelmed, underqualified or just plain incompetent to appropriately manage [them].
So my message here is, please don't believe everything you read and try to resist the urge to hop on a bandwagon of negativity. I sincerely hope the masses are intelligent enough to understand these points. Though after reading the aforementioned discussion, I'm not so sure.
— Susan Richards