On Rumors

On Rumors

How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Many of us are being misled. Claiming to know the "pals" of presidential aspirants, dark secrets about public officials, and hidden causes of the current economic crisis, those who spread rumors know precisely what they are doing. They are sometimes able to derail political candidates, injure companies and reputations, even damage democratic governance. And in the era of the Internet, they know more about manipulating the mechanics of false rumors-social cascades, group polarization, and biased assimilation-than you do. They also know that the presumed correctives-publishing balanced information, issuing corrections, and trusting to the marketplace of ideas-do not always work.   A pioneer in the effort "to design regulation around the ways people behave" ( The Wall Street Journal ), Cass R. Sunstein uses examples from the real world and from behavioral studies to explain why certain rumors spread like wildfire and what we can do to avoid being misled.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780809094738
Branch Call Number: 302.24 S958
Characteristics: 100 p. ; 20 cm.


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Mar 27, 2014

This superficial work demonstrating the shallowness of Sunstein's mind, to his most recent published book on Conspiracies (anyone who doesn't subscribe to Sunstein's status quo must be a believer in conspiracies!), should warn everyone as to who now resides in the White House: the man who has publicly stated he admires Victoria Nuland's husband, neocon Robert Kagan, one of the founding members of Dick Cheney's fave outfit, PNAC, or Project for a New American Century (a k a, President Obama). Beware of dangerous minds like Sunstein who believe in one mantra: OBEY AUTHORITY! [And as far as those (in quotes) hidden causes of the current economic crisis (end quote), sorry, Mr. Sunstein, there are those Americans who actually do read the legislation AND the executive orders AND the criminal Supreme Court decisions they spew forth AND government publications from the CFTC . . . AND realize the super-crooks are running the government and calling it regulatory capture, a phrase Sunstein loves to use instead of fraud!]

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