Spambot: an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although it would be obvious that a spambot is sending it. (from the most trusted source in news: Wikipedia)
The reason it is usually obvious a spambot is at work, at least on Twitter, is that the message is made up of real words but they don’t make sense. This is followed by a link. Don’t click on it. A couple days ago some of my friends starting tweeting some of the bizarre messages spambots were sending them, but they had to stop because it just attracted more spambots. Here’s an example: miss where one life about u tomorrow right No hate one up our man to take.
Whaaa? Who would click on the link? I don’t even want to know.
Why do some people listen to someone talking nonsense and others do not? I suspect that some people cannot discern nonsense for themselves. They give credit or authority to anyone who has the confidence to stand up and speak, or there is the flip side in which they consider anything they don’t understand to be nonsense. They miss a lot by not asking questions. We all do.
Today’s reading is John 8: 51-59. This is a passage in which Jesus says some things that are very difficult to understand and some of those who are listening to him respond, “Well now we know you have a demon.” Apparently they had suspected Jesus had a demon because of what he had been saying, but this bit about never tasting death convinced them that Jesus wasn’t so much a man of God as a man possessed.
It would be a lot easier if there were easy ways to spot the bots both online and in real life. But for the most part we have to use our brains, ask questions, and discern for ourselves.
But just in case, don’t click on the link.