Yesterday, the web was buzzing about a girl that quit her job by sending email with 33 photos of herself and dry erase board to her entire office. Go see them if you haven't already, then come back so we can talk.
Today, The Chive posted a follow up with more photos, telling that they have discovered the girl's identity, that her name is not Jenny and that the story was a hoax. They've made it all up.
Question is, does it really matter?
It shouldn't. It's just a story of a girl quiting her job at the company we never heard of. A story. Quite possible story. So it really doesn't matter if it actually happened or not. It's still a good story.
Imagine that somebody wrote a fictional story (so you know it's a fiction from the start), about a girl that quit her job by sending emails to her office, saying all the things that Jenny said. It would be a good story. It would entertain you. Maybe even inspire you.
So why are we craving for the "truth"? Or maybe the better word is reality? As in reality show.
photo from The Chive
Sure, in this case (as in many others) we were tricked and lied to. And finding that out is not a nice feeling. But it's not about being lied to, is it?
Thing is that we tend to believe anything we get from the media. I don't need to tell you how silly that is. It's not necessarily the truth just because it was on the TV, let alone on the web. Yeah, we all know there are people out there believing every word that comes from the TV. They are making this world as bad as it is. But the fact is, we all tend to believe what we'd like to be truth.
And we like when somebody tells the boss all the nasty things we all think of. We like when somebody breaks free from the shitty job. Especially if it's done in a funny way Jenny did. Looking good is an addition that brings the case in the top news.
Maybe the bad feeling comes from the disappointment that hot chicks don't quit their jobs by slamming the nasty truth to boss's bad breath mouth in front of the entire office. But they do. If you don't hold the hot chick part as essential, I've seen it (and did it) more than once. It happens in the real world. It just don't get retweeted 31K times.
That's why we have stories about it. Fictional stories, that is. Because, so many times, fiction shows us the truth much better than the reality does. Jenny is a heroine. And we still have to keep aware about what we read and believe.