Intro Authors Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen quote psychologist Nicholas DiFonzo, in “Have You Heard This? The Latest on Rumor,” as asking, “What is it about being human that sets the stage for rumor activity?” (478). Rumors and gossip are usually designed to hurt others. Since rumors hurt or destroy other people’s lives and take away their happiness, then why do people like to spread them? Some of the people who spread rumors often feel better about themselves, and they enjoy seeing others suffer. Most rumors start with some truth, then, as they are passed from one person to another, people change some of the information or the whole story. Many people, today, are manipulated by others into spreading information about individuals …show more content…
Rumors can be good or bad. Jesse Singal, in “How to Fight a Rumor,” quotes DiFonzo as saying, “Lots of times people will share a rumor not for their benefit or for the other person’s benefit, but simply because they’re trying to figure out the facts” (514). I remember at high school, the rumor was spread about the teacher. Students that had her class were not serious and were close to failing her class, so they spread the rumor that she was a very bad teacher, and the rumor spreads around the whole school. Next semester, I took her class and I found out that she was a very good teacher. I then spread the rumor that she was a good teacher, and I proved that the problem was only in bad students who wanted to harm her reputation. Some people can’t live without spreading rumors about others; they have become addicted. Sometimes, people spread rumors for publicity; for example, in “Paul is Dead! (Said Fred),” Alan Glenn tells the story of Fred LaBour, who wrote the article that claimed that Paul MaCartney had died in an automobile accident. This rumor spread quickly, all across the United States and Western Europe, and many people believed it. Glenn cites LaBour’s explanation, “But after a few days, the theatrical aspect became clearer to me, and, shy as I was in the face of all the attention, I began to enjoy the ride” (502). From this statement, it is clear that LaBour enjoyed all the attention that came along with this rumor. In my opinion, instead of spreading rumors about others, people need to focus on their own lives and how they can become
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
Ellis and Fine (2010) write that rumors tend to reveal what features are important in society, but they are often pulled in every direction due to varying religious and ethnic systems that create subcultures that rarely mingle. When this fact is taken together with Fine and Ellis’s previous comment
These rumors have been spread due to their ability to create a sense of anxiety among society. Studies have found that repeating rumors, “reassure people that they understand something that troubles them and perplexes them…” (Goleman 487) Next, Goleman includes a quote from Dr. Ralph Rosnow in order
In a town called salem there was a huge rumor going around. That rumor was that people were doing witchcraft. Many innocent people were being blamed for the action of doing witchcraft that had nothing to do with it. These people were being hung for doing absolutely nothing but telling the truth. In times like this their are many grudges and personal rivalries going on.
However, the article relies heavily on Jeff Watson being the major source with his volunteers making the article very unbalanced. Jeff Watson, being a politician, has a key interest in how the story is presented as he uses the protest to accuse Tracey Ramsey, a fellow competitor, of being involved with the rude behaviour. As presented in the indirect quote of Watson saying that Tracey needed to denounce the behaviour because her party receives plenty of support from unions like Unifor. Other than the response from NDP representative Tracey Ramsey, no sources were from the unions’ point of view, making the article very unbalanced. Jeff Watson is also not a credible source even though many people believe his word to be true since he is high on the political hierarchy and is a man of power.
‘The best student learns to destroy the teacher’?” He mocked my plagiarized words. “That is insubordinate. It is improper. It is disrespecting of her teachers—” In his anger he had forgotten his fear of lurking spies” (Alvarez, 1991, p. 5).
In regards to the truth, publishers did not care as long as they were making money, and their papers were selling. For the Newsies, it did not matter either, as when the headlines were more intriguing, they sold more papers as well. This is demonstrated
For instance, in a Washington Post news article published in 2014, Abby Phillip reports that a researcher, Dong Pyou Han, manipulated data regarding an HIV vaccine that supposedly worked on rabbits for personal fame. Phillip reported, "the rabbit blood became contaminated with human antibodies ... Instead of admitting them, [Han] continued to spike future samples... results that were considered to be a breakthrough" (Phillip). Humans are often willing to defy their own values and morals to achieve personal fame. Because recognition and prestige are such emotional luxuries, many people will ignore the consequences of their actions.
From this little lie at the time, it caused a massive fear and hysteria throughout the town. Further in the story we find there are hidden hatred, jealousy, and lust between the people
Everywhere we look there is some form of bullshit going around and according to Professor Frankhurt, bullshitting is a more serious threat than lying. In his essay he talks about the many concepts of bullshit from his own perspective and compares bullshit to other related topics such as “Humbug” and “Lying”, and then breaks the words down to a basic understanding to help find a true meaning of . His use of definitions and in depth analysis, makes his essay very effective in describing buullshit. It seems that his main concerns pertain to what bullshit is.
Some info might not be true. This happened on Twitter when 64% of people that got news on this site later found out that it wasn’t true. Since information can also be spread out so fast, these false facts can also be sent to millions of other viewers. So you heard about some Trump new, huh? Maybe don’t go for it on the social
Managerial Implications This result can’t be generalised overall on all people. Data from different countries, age group should be taken to generalise result. Conclusion Once a bad gossip on a company is made, it is difficult to modify.