RE: To Believe or Not to Believe [February 2000]
Don't Blame the Internet
Urban legends are not the result of the Internet, nor are their volume
or frequency increased by the Internet. The Internet is just another
medium by which they can be transmitted. There are urban legends having
to do with the Internet, but these are like urban legends associated
with any new technical advance about which people are unsure.
The Internet does not diminish people's willingness to check facts.
Most people are not going to check facts regardless of the amount of
time you give them. One change the Internet has wrought, is the urban legends may be less likely to
mutate once in electronic form -- its so easy to pass them on verbatim.
But how much this is true is uncertain; urban legends do mutate on the Internet.
Many false urban legends are reported by the news media. Professional
journalists are more likely to check facts than the average joe, but
many times they are sloppy too.
The Girl in the Mirror [September 1998]
My name is Jennifer Maine and I wrote the story that appears in your
September 1998 issue called "The Girl in the Mirror." I just saw it for
the first time and it was the best feeling in the world to see something
you created in a magazine. I just wanted to thank you for publishing my
piece. It meant so much to me.
Owen Hart's Unnecessary Death [June 1999]
When Wrestling Was Wrestling
I was born and raised in Calgary, and as a young teen a large group of us
would head down to the Stampede grounds, for our Friday evening dose of
Stampede wrestling. This was when wrestling was wrestling, no major
gimmicks or elaborate costumes etc. I also had some of the Hart boy's as
teachers in Junior high school. They are a gracious and kind family, and
I was very saddened at the news of Owen's death. All I can say is once
Stampede wrestling became no more, I lost interest and cannot stand to
see the so called wrestling of today, What a joke.
I just checked out the newest issue of Renaissance and it looks great (I
really enjoyed the urban legends piece) ... "Flipping" through the urban
legend article (we know a couple of people who should read it) ... You
SUCK at reviewing movies! ... New issue looks great ... I really
enjoyed the Mary Lou Lord show review ... nice work, nice design, nice
attitude ... I like the views some of the columnists have ... I'm very
impressed with your mag ... I loved what I saw.