To me, informorphology is the science of how information is morphed when passing through fallible humans. Here’s a short story to go with it.
My Grandma in law was explaining to another old man how I hurt my feet.
Grandma: “He is my grandson in law. He injured his foot while jumping from an airplane with a parachute when his plane failed. The airplane crashed. It was with millions of dollars.
Old fellow: “Yea. I saw it in the news.”
Grandma: “He is very courageous and is always pulling stunts like that.”
Old fellow: “He is a brave young man after all.”
Even I couldn’t believe what she was saying and how he heard it on the news.
Truth: I trashed my foot in a paragliding accident.
I couldn’t have exaggerated it so convincingly myself even if I was paid for it.
That’s just how information flows through people, continuously morphing. I am pretty sure that if this message passed through five more people, I would either be a war hero or a drug lord.
Most people participate in such information exchange and spread fictions.
Question is “Do you really want to be a part of such meaningless gossip?”
If not, make a commitment to yourself to verify with the source what happened, or better yet, keep quiet. It will save this world a lot of unnecessary angst and grief.
Please let me know what you think in the comments. Oh, and BTW, I made up the word informorphology.