March 18th, 2008

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Great Article on Political Chain Email

This is the first article I've seen that actually examines political chain emails as an influential political phenom. It's also applicable to chain hoax emails in general.

That Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously.

I like this quote, from the section on tip-offs an email is bogus:

The author just loves using exclamation points. If the author had a truthful point to make, he or she wouldn’t need to put two, three, even five exclamation points after every other sentence. In fact, we're developing another theory here: The more exclamation points used in an e-mail, the less true it actually is. (Ditto for excessive use of capital letters.)

Thankfully none of these hoaxes have arrived in my inbox. I hope this is a sign my friends are not dungheads.

Cabbagetown Tornado Pics

Caleb passed along a link to a gallery of shots showing tornado damage in Cabbagetown, another Atlanta neighborhood seriously damaged by the tornado. (It touched down a couple of times in downtown, then jumped over there, less than a mile away.) The gallery includes not just that neighborhood but a few shots of the general area around around MLK MARTA Station and DeKalb Avenue. Pretty stiff stuff.

I would say "Enjoy!" except, well, you won't, unless you get off on disaster pics. But do look. I haven't been over there (too focused on my own neighborhood) but it certainly looks like the marks of that storm will be visible for quite some time. It's a lovely, lovely area, historically a mill neighborhood, now full of independent artist types with awesomely non-yuppified whimsical taste.

Here are links to some of the most dramatic shots:

Wrecked house:

Guess the fence needs fixing:

Get your firewood:

Poor little house:

Something is missing -- um, the top floor: