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Do You Read or Forward Political Emails? Super or Spam?

What's viral, anonymous, and will find you when you're least expecting it? Nope, it's not the clap, it's those political or activist email forwards. You know, the ones that originate from points unknown, to share information (?) or opinions with every Tom, Dick, and Inbox. Here's one that crossed my Spam Filter this week:

Subject: Midwest Flooding

As you watch the flooding in the Midwest, have you noticed that there are no farmers running around with stolen plasma TVs or holding stolen liquor over their heads? I heard a dimwit talking head on CNN yesterday say that this reminded him of New Orleans. How? Outside of being flooded the similarity stops there. There is no looting, no people wandering the streets looking for meanness. . . there is not one damn thing, other than water, that is similar to New Orleans. The actions of the people of Des Moines only makes the actions of the people of New Orleans look like what it was. . . people of several generations of dependency on government unable to depend upon themselves to save themselves. That is what always happens when the government bails folks out for generation after generation!

It relays an opinion, to be sure — but are these forwarded email missives taken as fact — and are they beneficial? They're a double-edged sword: by sending one on, you're assuming that the recipient shares your views while simultaneously espousing them as your own. Though they are a way to share information and start a dialogue. Do you forward them on?


True-Song True-Song 9 years
I was so annoyed by that email I almost missed that clever joke about the clap! A little racy for this site--I like it.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Like torgleson, I get them from conservative relatives (aka- my father). I got that exact one in this post, as well as one comparing Obama to the anti-christ. Yeah... thanks dad.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
I always want to know who an email is from and if it is accurate. I'll Google and Snopes it to be sure it's not an urban legend, but I've told my email list that I am not reading forwarded emails any longer (other than blonde jokes, Maxine cartoons and political cartoons which need to be noted in the Subject Line). So any forwards better be one of those or it gets trashed. And I am blonde, nearly as old as Maxine, and very political (ya think?).
apothecary06 apothecary06 9 years
I only get them from one friend of mine who's conservative (I myself am independent/slightly left-leaning). Thing is, you can't really tell from the subject line whether it's political spam or a legitimate email, so I open it, read the first few lines before I realize where it's headed, then trash it. And it's always the alarmist stuff, like "Obama's a terrorist! His middle name is Hussein!" And whoever said that the sender assumes that the recipient is like-minded is right. I've even had conversations with this friend where I've had to call him out on some really un-PC stuff, and he still doesn't get that I don't agree. Maybe the Obama button I've been wearing proudly will drive that point home.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
That's what I do, erin!! I snopes it and when it's bunk (which you can usually guess) I reply with the snopes listing link and a har-har-har, imbecile.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
It depends on who it comes from. If my dad forwards it to me I snopes it and send it back to him with the appropriate link. The rest I just trash.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The most annoying ones for me are the ones I get from my aunts that are religious in nature, and always end with the: "If you love the Lord, you'll forward this." Like Jesus only looks at the computer to decide who gets into heaven...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I get them from both sides all of the time. I read them sometimes for a good chuckle. :rotfl:
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think forwarded emails like that are usually not credible at all, and so I delete them right away...but I usually don't receive any. Only 1 so far this year! As for the content of the example email... The situations are so different! First of all, as torgleson points out, the farming industry is hardly a model of civic independence. Secondly, FEMA acted completely differently with Iowa than they did with Katrina. You had people dying of dehydration at the Super Dome...FEMA was there to make sure that didn't happen in Iowa.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Sorry for the delay, I've been at a wedding. I meant to add something to my post, which will help. It was this: (sarcasm)
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
You're proud to be from a place because it was flooded? What an odd criteria.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
"It makes me proud to be from the midwest." Really? You think 200-300k midwesterners exiting New Orleans would have gone smoothly?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I trash them (and any other FW; FW; FW; email I get, I hate them). The political ones I get seem to come from the ultra religious conservatives.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
i was just thinking about that (subject content in before mentioned email) the other day, and talking about it yesterday! It makes me proud to be from the midwest.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I think emails from Move On are different, because you know who's sending it out.m Most forwards have been forwarded so many times you have no idea who started them.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Excellent points, Torg. You hit the proverbial nail on the head. Also, I do get a lot of Move On dot org stuff, but 90% of forwarded email is that lame-o half-baked right wing racist, sexist nonsense.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Another thing, does anyone get forwards like these that are left-leaning? I only get them from my very conservative relatives, so it's all stories comparing immigrants to birds that crap all over your house or invading Iraq to calling the police on your wife-beating neighbor. (And, of course, almost goes without saying, ones about Obama not wearing a flag pin while kicking a Christian puppy.)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Is this supposed to imply farmers don't rely on government hand outs? Uh, farming is probably the most federally subsidized industry in the U.S. Also, the floods in Iowa displaced approximately 8,000-10,000 people. Hurricane Katrina displaced 200,000-300,000. But yeah, it's probably less chaotic in Iowa because of those heartland values, not because less than a tenth of the number of people were affected. I don't forward these because they are always, always, always ridiculous.
em113 em113 9 years
I trash them. And this paragraph is a perfect example why I pay them no attention. The e-mail's author writes an oversimplified, biased, piece of crap using bits and pieces of something to justify or re-enforce an opinion they already hold. While disregarding anything relevant that won't fit into their already formed (usually prejudiced) opinion. (And then forwards it all around like a smug @sshole!)
liliblu liliblu 9 years
Dave are you serious?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
WOW! I've not gotten much political spam, but I really like that paragraph comparing the the Des Moines flooding to the New Orleans.
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