Pinning it down

Famous quotes and other inspiration

There is one thing you can say for sure about Pinterest, if you are looking for famous quotes to give you inspiration, you can find it there.  There are plenty of pictures with quotes laid over them.  The problem with this, as with all social media, is the possibility that the quote is not accurate or not true.  The famous person may never have made that statement making the nice picture with the clever saying nothing but internet crap, and no matter how hard we try to avoid it, we might step in it anyway.

I have spent a good deal of time, especially around elections, debunking some of the more outrageous comments I have seen posted to facebook.  When it has a nice picture and a much too self serving quote I look for the source.  It usually does not take a long internet search to check out the veracity of these statements.  Urban Legend or “snopes” are good places to start.  Sometimes you can just type in a phrase and hit search and find immediate matches and the correct attribution.  A good time can be had by proving some of this garbage to be what it is.

A couple days ago I posted a nice picture of Daniel Radcliffe with a quote underneath about homophobia.  It was a nice quote and I took it on face value to be true.  I have seen Radcliffe interviewed.  I have see his Public Service Announcements for the Trevor Project.  It certainly seems like something he would say, but did he really say that?  Is he talking about what he has seen and heard in his own life?  It took about 5 minutes to source this and yes, he did indeed make that statement to Parade magazine in January, 2012 and you can find it here.  The statement is actually a little longer but probably cut short for Pinterest.  There is a character maximum, but you can link to other material, like the source perhaps.

I will leave you with another Radcliffe quote which I knew to be true before sourcing it for you.  When questioned about his passionate support of the Trevor Project, an organization working for suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth, Daniel responded with the quote below.  Visit the Trevor Project tumblr page for it or take this Pinterest picture on faith:

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3 thoughts on “Pinning it down

  1. You sure have gotten into the writing thing 🙂 ‘Bout time, I say. Nice informative post. I keep trying to convince people to check facts before they perpetuate internet rumors and scams, but the people who do it are often totally clueless and essentially unteachable.


    • I am following the “Zero to Hero” 30 day Word Press better blog program so I am following the daily prompts. They are not all about posting. Some are about design. Some are about finding new blogs. Some are about making comments. One was to get out of the comfort zone and use a new format. It’s a January thing. This is a follow up to the post a couple days ago. I have hit on the internet junk before, and the people who perpetuate the rumors are indeed unteachable. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying. Who knows, we may reach someone.


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