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On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, and What Can Be Done

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Many of us are being misled. Claiming to know dark secrets about public officials, hidden causes of the current economic situation, and nefarious plans and plots, those who spread rumors know precisely what they are doing. And in the era of social media and the Internet, they know a lot about how to manipulate the mechanics of false rumors--social cascades, group polarization, and biased assimilation. They also know that the presumed correctives--publishing balanced information, issuing corrections, and trusting the ...

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On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, and What Can Be Done
2014, Princeton University Press, Princeton

ISBN-13: 9780691162508

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