We must ALL be cautious about posting things we do not know as fact.
I am a very guilty party in this , but always try to have things translated and have well trusted sources and close friends on the island to confirm or deny things.
I was speaking with a friend yesterday of how some recent postings could cause “new Aruba visitors” much apprehension, confusion and trepidation.
I urge all (including myself) to think about what you post as fact when it might not be fact.
Remember the “telephone game “ that we all probably played as kids?
First, as many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear players any further away. A phrase will be told by the judges and the first player whispers it as quietly as possible to their neighbor. The neighbor then passes on the message to the next player to the best of their ability. The passing continues in this fashion until it reaches the player at the end of the line, who says to the judges the message he or she received.
The game has no winner: the entertainment comes from comparing the original and final messages. Intermediate messages may also be compared; some messages will become unrecognizable after only a few steps.
As well as providing amusement, the game can have educational value. It shows how easily information can become corrupted by indirect communication. The game has been used in schools to simulate the spread of gossip and its supposed harmful effects.[