24 Sep '12, 12pm

Psychological Study Reveals Why Misinformation Is So Effective

Rumors and fiction. Societies have struggled with the misinformation-spreading effects of rumors for centuries, if not millennia; what is perhaps less obvious is that even works of fiction can give rise to lasting misconceptions of the facts. Governments and politicians. Governments and politicians can be powerful sources of misinformation, whether inadvertently or by design. Vested interests. Corporate interests have a long and well-documented history of seeking to influence public debate by promulgating incorrect information. At least on some recent occasions, such systematic campaigns have also been directed against corporate interests, by nongovernmental interest groups. The media. Though the media are by definition seeking to inform the public, it is notable that they are particularly prone to spreading misinformation for systemic reasons that are worthy of analysis a...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2012/09/20/psychological-study-...

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