Canadians are a cautious bunch. Their frugal natures in financial matters have left their economy in exemplary shape after the recession of 2008, and that’s a good thing. However, there’s seems to be a downside to that much vigilance.
The Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies has just released the findings of a new study whereby 2000 Canucks were polled and 84% expressed strong elements of trust in the way museums presented the history of their country. At the very bottom of the list, below even direct witnesses to historical events, was the Internet.
So what’s the problem, you might ask? Why not just leave the people who like museums to their own ways and the Internet followers to their preferred choice? According to the article, the problem lies with the museums themselves. They’re the ones that are interested in creating online content.
It seems that many Canadian museums are looking to the web to get the word out on the collections they have in their halls and the other things they’re interested in having people see. Jack Jedwab is the ACS executive director and he sees the whole thing as a question of people questioning the investigative process.
“There’s a big challenge, here, no question about it,” he says. “Because on the other hand, the Internet is also the source where people can access historical information quickly and at the lowest possible cost.”
In another web based story that doesn’t present the Internet in the best possible light, a new scam has reared it’s ugly head and at least one overseas family who thought they were on their way to a dream vacation found out they’d been taken. Steve Chase owns a million dollar South Florida home and he was shocked recently when families started to show up there with rental agreements. Turns out, as you might have guessed by now, that the agreements were nothing more than Internet based scams.
Unfortunately, this scam is becoming more prevalent on the web. People actually looking to list vacation properties often use the Internet and get a deposit and some of the money from would-be customers, but more and more the crooks are getting involved and asking for the money to be sent upfront. Unfortunately, there’s not much chance of getting the money back or catching these crooks since the crime often crosses international borders.
The lesson here? A family vacation to a Canadian museum is a safe bet.