Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Think Hard before Making That Next Click, It Could Be a Scam

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Think Hard before Making That Next Click, It Could Be a Scam

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Editorial Exchange: Think hard before making that next click, it could be a scam

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An editorial from the Corner Brook Western Star, published Feb. 19:

Oh the '70s, back when there was real music and lyrics that challenged the system, including those by the Five Man Electrical Band.

Remember their big song from 1970 entitled "Signs" that never went big until a year later?

It started:

"And the sign said long-haired freaky people need not apply.

"So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why.

"He said, 'You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do.'

"So I took off my hat, I said, 'Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"

Most every teenager of the day could relate to those lyrics and how it challenged the cookie-cutter image that graduates of high school and post-secondary education were supposed to fit into.

Then the chorus came: "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"

This song posed a question about who is permitted to put up signs that interfere with nature and gave voice to those without power or property rights.

But that was the early '70s and we're now into the late 2000-teens, heading for 2020.

We're all plugged in now. We can type in a song title and instantly get that song up on our computer screen, along with a bunch of information on where it came from, what it's about, who wrote it, who sang it and even who covered it, possibly putting their own twist on it.

Maybe the following could be an updated version of the chorus for that song: "Scam, scam, everywhere a scam. Blockin' up the internet, breakin' my bank account. Click on this, don't click on that, can't you read the scam?"

It seems every week or so, there's a new scam on the internet with someone coming up with new and innovative ideas about how to swindle people from their money. …

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