I Grew Up in a “Little” Town …

There is a subtle campaign on Facebook to spread a lie.

Given the nature of Facebook and the internet in general, I am sure this doesn’t shock anyone. However, the latest lie is not another form of fake news but a perpetuation of the myth of idyllic small-town life in the forties, fifties, and sixties in this country. The original version of the post begins with these innocent lines:

I grew up in a “little” town called Grover’s Corners, NH, during a time when everyone treated each other like Family. We went outside to play, we got dirty….

By the end of the post, the reader is encouraged to insert the name of the “little” town of their childhood and continue spreading the lie that this essay accurately describes life in the good old days. It seems harmless enough and it may reassure many baby boomers that their childhood was full of wholesome activities and plain old good livin’. However, this essay can do irreparable harm to the Gen-X & Y as well as Millennial readers.1The one factor mitigating this harm is that most readers below the age of forty will react with TLDR and thus be spared and psychological damage. If you are not below the age of forty, “TLDR” stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read.As a public service, NotQuiteNews.com

As a public service, NotQuiteNews.com has prepared a corrected version of the misleading essay and we provide it here:

TRIGGER WARNING: If you are sensitive to random capitalization and frequent use of apostrophes to mimic colloquial language, exercise caution or avoid reading completely.

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In the event that you were spared the original version and still want to read it, we have also provided a. copy of that version.

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1. The one factor mitigating this harm is that most readers below the age of forty will react with TLDR and thus be spared and psychological damage. If you are not below the age of forty, “TLDR” stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read.

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