Rumors,rumors and some more rumors…

19 בדצמבר 2008

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It has been an odd week. First off, it has been a very long time since
I last wrote, and I missed it. I can’t really say what it is about being able to write
without really knowing if someone actually reads it but I do have to admit it’s
fun.


Second, it has been a week of rumors in Israel: it seems that someone from a
certain software company, has decided to send an e-mail to all the employees
of that company (actually only to the local branch) saying that a specific snack causes
death in infants. This e-mail spread like fire during dry season to a point that
it has caused the stock of the company that manufactures the snack to drop…


The company turned to the health ministry which issued a communiqué saying that
the snack is perfectly safe…yet the damage has been done,to some extent.


It seems that the company decided not to give up and it might actually sue the panic
e-mail initiator…


For the local media coverage (Hebrew):


http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3640798,00.html


The second rumor of the week (ok,of the last month or so) started out as an e-mail
about a pizza parlor, whose owner (and sole operator) is infamous for his
rude behavior toward clients (but he’s pizza is so damn good!!!) that has refused to serve an
autistic child. This e-mail has caused a consumer boycott, creation of Facebook groups
and a few violent reactions towards the owner.


Oddly enough (or maybe not), no one bothered to actually ask the owner what actually
happened. A month after this started, a journalist from Globes decided to publish his
story…and as it turns out that every story has three sides:mine,yours
and the truth. According to the owner, the mother (that started the e-mail) brought
in not one, but three autistic children and told him that she wants him to teach them how to order
pizza. Now considering the fact that this guy is infamous for his “behavior”, and considering
the fact that his pizza parlor is nothing but a shabby “hole in the wall” where he sells
extremely cheap pizza (albeit,very tasty pizza) I think that something stinks here…


The guy is an easy target, he doesn’t have a huge conglomerate behind him to protect him,
he has one broken-down place where he sells good pizza and insults his client(Dr. House style).
You don’t like it,leave.


For the local media coverage:


http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000407644&fid=821


Now why am I writing about this?

Well,to be honest, because I like the guy’s pizza, I sat there quite a few times and his insults
are always well put and provoked by “there are no stupid questions, only stupid people”. In both
cases mentioned above an irresponsible e-mail has caused catastrophe. In the first case,
since we are dealing with a large company, I am sure that they will survive. In the second case,
on the other hand, this guy may lose his livelihood because someone decided to write something about
him (unless it was a stroke of genius and it was a ploy to draw attention to his place).


In both cases,we as a crowd, accepted these e-mails and never questioned whether it’s content has
any shred of truth in it. The Internet has become a very dangerous and effective weapon. We should
treat the information coming from the Internet with some caution. I love Wikipedia, but is it 100% accurate?
When I run a search about fixing a BitLocker issue am I be sure that a blog post that I find
will not instruct me to kill the data instead of recovering it???


Anyways,one more rumor for this week:


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http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/18/dell-adamo-ultrathin-laptop-rumors-surface/

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  1. Lily19 בדצמבר 2008 ב 11:57

    It is always easy to go on a crusade if your “enemy” is but a single man with no power except for his bad manners. Since I understand from the reports that the mother was well acquainted with the place and its owner previous to the incident, she probably knew that this is his customary behavior towards all customers and not particularly towards those with disabilities, autistic or otherwise.

    I am sure that being a parent to an autistic child is not easy, emotionally as well as physically and economically. But were as the autistic child is the center of the world for his parents he is not so for other people, especially for a hard working man. As a society we should strive to improve the life of autistics: make sure they have caring homes to live in, proper educational systems, etc. However, autistics as well as non- autistics people will come across bad mannered and impatient people who will behave rudely towards them not because of their disabilities but simply because that’s who they are. Not every Christian who behaves rudely towards a Jew is an anti-Semite. Sometimes he is just a rude person who carries around with him his bag of misery which is invisible to you and me, but extremely real for him. You don’t like being around rude people? It’s a free country you can always go to other Pizza place and try to teach your kid how to buy a pizza at a rush hour.

    Living here, I believe that most people experience at least once a week an unpleasant incident. However, there is a difference between sharing it with a few close souls, and sending an e-mail to 50 different people with a request to pass it on. That's why I find the mother’s late explanation, that she didn’t really mean to harm him, hard to believe. Though, I wonder, is it possible that this one man became for her a symbol for all the “walls”, closed doors and hardships she is facing, every day, trying to raise to the best of her ability an autistic child? Is it possible that because of this the pizza man, which is an easy target (all it takes is one e-mail to harm him), had to pay the price for all other wrongs and evils she and her son come across?

    To be sure I don’t envy either of them. However, sensitivity, just like all other good qualities, starts at home. I believe both sides were lacking it in this sad story.

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