Friday, 7 April 2017

How ‘fake news’ affects ordinary citizens

The 2016 United States Election has thrown up the elephant in the room regarding media news stories. Apart from the surprising result the news about ‘fake news’ has put the media on the back foot. What had remained unsaid for a long time is now out into the open. It is not only celebrities and powerful persons such as the President of the United States of America feeling the wrath of the media over exaggerated stories the ‘fake news’ affects ordinary citizens as well.

The example of Robert Sussman’s Vacation Tree Fraud reports fall in the same bracket as the most powerful personality in the world. The Robert Sussman telemarketing scam should be dubbed as ‘hogwash’ (if you had the leanings of an Englishman – this one word of ‘hogwash’ means preposterous and unbelievable). It is obvious that competitors have used the power of the internet to spread false canards (again if you are of English descent – meaning lies).

Robert Sussman San Diego, CA resident is a 60-year old man who used the experience of over 30 years buying and selling timeshares. To the uninitiated timeshares has come of age. The young demographic of millennials attracted to the concept of holiday ownership. They are affluent and educated. They are not easily fooled while at the same time they now how to spot opportunities. So when Robert Sussman set up a company to act as the go between among sellers of timeshare with interested buyers it was not a surprise. He was spot on with his analysis and used the world wide web to facilitate the trade.

Robert Sussman rent or sell options became a runaway hit with idle timeshares.  For a small fee his company took the hard work out of the equation by providing due diligence. He even extended offers of guaranteeing a sale after 10 months with a fair price guarantee. This deal kicked in the event that a listed timeshare property remained unsold. This was the gist of the alleged Robert Sussman Timeshare Fraud as reported in some web portals which some media took it up without fact checks.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

How dangerous is the Internet

The title of this article is to be understood in the context of relevance. For instance searching for information concerning places to eat or museums to visit in New York, London or Paris the internet answers immediate questions. Communication is perhaps the best medium through the internet – emails, VoIP (voice over internet protocol) IM (instant messaging) and social media tools are the best technological development in the 21st Century. The world and people are connected instantly; with 5 g networks in the offing the future looks promising. 

However that being said there is a dark side to the internet. As powerful as the instant forms of communication the internet also allows unfiltered and unchecked information to flow. At first glance because of the information overload some register in our minds and some do not. In fact a majority of the news feed do not register for more than a few seconds. The problem arises when the threshold of a few seconds grows into double digit and more so when the same information is repeated.

Example of Robert Sussman’s journey on the Internet

An example of this unchecked material is the Robert Sussman Telemarketing scam. Very few people are aware of who Robert Sussman is? Unless you are contemplating to utilize your timeshare ownership and have a listing with Robert Sussman Rent or Sell Company. 

Robert Sussman Vacation Tree is a company promoted by Robert.  Robert’s telemarketers help timeshare owners to list their property while also facilitating buyers to get in touch. The internet is a great enabler for such businesses. 

So coming back to the title of the article you can say that the Internet is dangerous. Based on the information provided Robert Sussman should have closed shop and gone to pasture. That he lives, breathes and is fighting fit and successful informs that all of the above allegations are baseless and unfounded. The lesson here is not to treat the Internet as the Holy Grail. It is not the be all and end all of information.