The False Rumor

The way information travels has continually advanced as time has passed.  At first there were letters, then there was radio and television, and in the present day we have the Internet. With each technological advancement the speed at which this information travels has increased exponentially, especially today.  Therefore, any sort of news of them spreads quite quickly.  According to an article at, “social media sites have proven useful in quickly disseminating information, and raising awareness during disasters or disease outbreaks.”  However, the only problem with information passing in this manner is that it can be a “double-edged sword” because any number of times this new information could just be a false rumors or false information in general. This can be especially troubling in the case of news about epidemics, natural disasters, and the like.

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3 thoughts on “The False Rumor

  1. The thing that prevents this, however, is the fact that quick and ready information like that which we have today is so easily and readily disposable, that as soon as a rumor surfaces, it can be dispelled in an instant with another one, or perhaps the truth itself. It is indeed an issue, but one that corrects itself, in a way.

  2. This reminds me of the nationwide test of the emergency alert system the other day that went less than flawless. The idea and premise behind all the various alert systems over the years did not account for the Internet and social media, and to an extent television.

  3. the problem with this is that people are too connected to social networking sites and believe everything that they see on the screen. The only way to get someone to realize that the statement is false is to put a contradictory statement up after.

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