Microsoft invented Windows. Bill Gates was murdered on December 2, 1999. The moon is made of green cheese.
Can you fathom what the assertions have in common?
The answer is they are all even the last one lies or, to use the dominant digital euphemism, misinformation. And thanks to everyone's favourite Frankenstein monster, the Web, we are all plagued with this kind of outwardly plausible nonsense along with pure hoaxes. . . .
Mugs may, however, find solace in the fact that the tendency to assume anything published on the Net must be true is so widespread that it has entered the language. It is known as Pierre Salinger syndrome.
David Wilson, "Pigs just won't fly, no matter what the Internet says," South China Morning Post, August 28, 2002
Moira Gunn, "Gunn Club," Wired, July 1997
The document, of course, was a hoax, but it served as a cautionary tale for anyone who uses the Internet for research without checking whatever "facts" they find there.
information fatigue syndrome
Jane Wayne syndrome
sedentary death syndrome