I have been researching many urban legends, trying to find out how they started. I look at the various myths and legends looking for an element of truth in what is an essentially false theory. It amazes me how many often published success stories, alleged quotes by famous people, and various other bits of knowledge accepted as fact, are based on internet mythology.
In the case of many urban legends, all it takes is one popular website to make a statement, without any reference to any specific time or place to put the statement into context, and the story gets a million hits. Then a dozen popular blogs quote that statement as their reference and write about it, and the statement becomes legendary. Then you "Google it" and there are ten websites that tell you this statement is true.
The phrase "truth by consensus" describes the philosophical theory of taking statements to be true simply because people generally agree upon them. Well if Google says it's true, it must be! The internet doesn't lie, does it?
We explore the origins of myths and legends
With the goal of seeking the truth and exposing the false conspiracies, the Tao of Questy will continue to be our home for commentary on current events and the rants of the day. Some people are too blind to see through the myths, others will blame the internet for all that is wrong in the world. I write about things where I spend a lot of time gathering information. I can assure you that anything I have written is based on verification of facts from a source as close to the events and individuals as possible or multiple sources of information from leading publications or references.
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