“Reblogging”

… is a term I hereby coin, for the practice of repeating, or simply linking to, someone else’s blog post, basically unadorned, solely to propagate the data contained therein and/or affirm your agreement with or hip notice of the same. Like regifting. But socially more damaging.

From Mike: “Mayor “Just Curious” if Obama is Antichrist”

From the article linked therein:

FORT MILL, S.C. — Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was “just curious” when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is the biblical antichrist. “I was just curious if there was any validity to it,” Funderburk said in a telephone interview. “I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up.”

Funderburk apparently sent the e-mail from his business account at Gastonia Sheet Metal where he works as a business agent.

The e-mail, which has circulated in the last six months since Obama secured the Democratic nomination, claims the biblical book of Revelation says the antichrist will be in his 40s and of Muslim ancestry.

And Paul says:

Let’s forget the blatant anachronism for a moment — after all, it’s at least conceivable that a book of prophesy could name a religion that wouldn’t exist for 600 years — and if it did, it might actually be a reason to believe the religion — the odds of getting a successful guess like that by chance are pretty low.

But, of course, the bible contains no such thing, so the point is moot.

So here’s what I have to ask the people who swallow that e-mail: Guys, you only have to get a grasp on one book, for Christ’s sake!!! (as it were) If the bible said “the antichrist will be a middle-aged muslim,” that would be a pretty important passage. How can you call yourself a Christian and not know the fundamental outlines of the one book for which you’re responsible?

That, more than the anachronism, is the real sign of stupidity in some of these people. They build their whole lives around the words of one lousy book, and they don’t even know what’s in it to the point that people can deceive them about major, major items.

(I’m starting to suspect that the list of categories on the right side of this blog is becoming incriminating, as there’s no doubt that “stupidity” is, or soon will be, by far the largest.)

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2 Responses to ““Reblogging””

  1. Paul Gowder Says:

    Also, ALSO: the book of Revelations is not that long! And it’s actually kind of entertaining. I’ve read it in hotel rooms when there’s nothing on TV and I’ve run out of books of my own (it and the Song of Solomon are the only good bits, the former for the freaky stuff and the latter for the porn). It’s an easy read.

    SO: GIVEN that the book (which you believe is literal truth) threatens all sorts of ickily severe consequences if you happen to follow the antichrist, even by accident, and GIVEN that the book is an easy read, shouldn’t you care enough to look it up if you get an e-mail saying someone is the antichrist?

    If you don’t, are we to infer that you don’t own a copy? That you’re illiterate? That you’re too damn lazy? What?

  2. retired urologist Says:

    Approximately half the main posts on Overcoming Bias fit your description of “reblog”; socially damaging?

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