Email Hoax Not A Hoax This Time… No, Really, We Mean It
from the bill-gates-will-really-give-me-$1,000? dept
The downside to something becoming a well known email hoax is that should it ever happen for real, most people won’t believe. That, apparently, is the problem faced by a group of people who are pushing out an email campaign to try to save federal funding for PBS and NPR. In the late ’90s, a similar email started making the rounds, but it was based on more of an urban legend than reality. So, the new campaign tries to back up the claim with clear footnotes pointing to the current situation — but, part of the reason they went with an email campaign was because they realized how quickly and how far the original hoax email spread. Of course, now how will Microsoft ever convince people that they’ll get $1,000 for forwarding an email to 1,000 people as a way to test their new email program?