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2010-10-19 Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

October 19th, 2010

Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

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This Week’s Topic

Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

Misinformation (incorrect information that spreads inadvertently) and disinformation (incorrect information purposefully spread to accomplish a set agenda) are hardly new. The internet has enabled misinformation and disinformation to spread wildly, with the hope that other voices will over time counter it.

In this session we’ll discuss differences and similarities of misinformation and disinformation in the real time Internet age, and explore whether they have expanded, whether there are any “natural checks” on the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and whether ultimately misinformation and disinformation will crowd out real information due to sheer volume.

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

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Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

Misinformation (definition in Wikipedia – esp as differentiated from disinformation)

Counterknowledge: How we surrendered to conspiracy theories, quack medicine, bogus science and fake history, by Damian  Thompson

The Misinformation Superhighway

The Morass of Misinformation on the Net

Rapport-Building and Susceptibility to Misinformation in Investigative Mock-Crime Interviews

Planting Misinformation in the Human Mind: A 30 year investigation of the malleability of memory

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Joel Foner (Second Life: Joel Savard)


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