Spreading lies in Second Life

Oh dear – I’m gonna get political again. The reason is I got a notecard yesterday. It said: «This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ’offended’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.»

This sentence contains two lies. The first one is: Of course the British aren’t about to remove one of the most important events of the former century – the industrialized killing of millions of innocent people – from their school curriculum. Secondly, it’s not true that «the Muslim population» claims The Holocaust never occurred. A bit too many of them, I agree, but not the population as a whole. It’s when you start talking about common characteristics among a whole population that you repeat the same mistake as the Nazis did.

So where does this story come from? Turns out the British tabloid Daily Mail ran a story with the headline «Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims». It’s here. But you don’t have to read the article very carefully to find out we’re talking about one «secondary school in an unnamed northern town» and only «some teachers». Get it? Some teachers at one school did it once.

So who are these people that write notecards in Second Life saying that «the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum», as if the Ministry of Education had told the schools to stop teaching about it? It really bugs me, cause if a lie is repeated often enough, it might be hard to distinguish from the truth. And the only thing I and everybody else can do, is to stand up and write about it.

I promise my next post will be a little more entertaining …


~ by theresecarfagno on December 11, 2007.

4 Responses to “Spreading lies in Second Life”

  1. No one in the UK believes a word the Daily Mail says, (they supported the British fascist party before WW2) apart from the stupid people who buy the paper.

  2. Therese, I’m glad you get political. If people are using Second Life to spread pernicious rubbish, it’s impossible (and probably wrong) to stop them, but it has to be challenged.

  3. Therese, if you are a good journalist you can´t get away from being political. Go for it!

  4. Thank you so much everybody. I reckon most people are in SL to have a good time, and I don’t want to be a spoiler. Therefore it’s good to hear you agree with me.

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